Mistrial in Beating Death of Suspected Child Molester Inmate
John Chamberlain was beaten, tortured and sexually assaulted.
John Chamberlain (OC Register)
The judge made the ruling after jurors could not reach a verdict on first-degree murder charges.
Theo Lacy Jail inmate John Chamberlain was brutally beaten, sexually assaulted and found unconscious after the nearly 50-minute attack on October 5, 2006.
Chamberlain suffered 48 rib fractures and severe injuries to his face and head, they added.
He was allegedly stomped on and kicked by fellow inmates. Chamberlain, who was awaiting trial on a misdemeanor charge of possessing child pornography, was pronounced dead at a hospital.
"These inmates decided to act as judge, jury and executioner. They murdered a human being in the most inhumane manner," lead prosecutor, Ebrahim Baytieh, said during opening arguments.
A grand jury found that the three guards in charge of the barracks were watching television and exchanging text messages at the time of the attack.
Prosecutors say more than 20 inmates targeted the 41-year-old because they believed he was a child molester.
Garrett Eugene Aguilar, 28, of Anaheim; Stephen Paul Carlstrom, 42, of Anaheim; Jared Louis Petrovich, 27, of Tustin; Miguel Guillen, 48, of Santa Ana; and Raul Villafana, 24, of Santa Ana, are each charged with one felony count of murder.
Each faces a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in prison, if convicted.
Three other inmates charged in the slaying have pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter.