Last inmate sentenced in notorious O.C. jail-beating death

Stephen Ceasar and Rick Rojas (Los Angeles Times) | April 23, 2012

The final Orange County jail inmate was sentenced Monday to state prison for his role in the fatal gang beating and sexual assault of a fellow inmate who prisoners had incorrectly identified as a child molester, Orange County prosecutors said.

Eric Charles Miller, 26, of Huntington Beach, had pleaded guilty to one felony count of voluntary manslaughter for the October 2006 death of John Chamberlain, who was in custody at Theo Lacy Jail in Orange on misdemeanor charges of possessing child pornography, prosecutors said.

Miller was sentenced to six years in prison but — with credit for time served while in custody — he is expected to be released Monday or Tuesday, prosecutors said.

The case was part of wider allegations of rampant abuse in Orange County jails. According to grand jury testimony reviewed by The Times, Chamberlain was brutally attacked while the nearest guard watched television and sent personal text messages. It wasn’t until an inmate stood in front of the guard station, waving his arms, that deputies realized something was wrong, according to testimony.

Miller was ordered by a so-called “shot-caller” in a white prison gang to attack Chamberlain because he was believed to be a child molester.

The “shot-caller,” identified as Jared Louis Petrovich, had decided with a shot-caller for a Latino gang in the jail that Chamberlain should be attacked, prosecutors said.

Petrovich and Raul Villafana, the leader for the Latino gang, offered 10 commissary items to any inmate who joined in the beating, prosecutors said.

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2 Comments for “Last inmate sentenced in notorious O.C. jail-beating death”

  1. Scott Sands

    DID I READ THAT CORRECTLY IN THIS ARTICLE? It said chamberlaine or whatever his name is WAS IN JAIL ON ” MISDEMEANOR ” CHARGES of CHILD- PORNOGRAPHY !!!!! f#@$k sakes no wonder this euro- society is so SCREWED UP !!! Calling that sh*% a MISDEMEANOR -f#@$k NO!!!

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