Inmates accused of killing prisoner they mistook for molester

Kate Mather (Los Angeles Times) | August 8, 2011

Opening statements are expected to begin Monday in the trial of five Orange County inmates accused of brutally beating another inmate because they thought he was a child molester, officials said.

Jared Louis Petrovich, 27, of Tustin; Miguel Guillen, 48, and Raul Villafana, 24, both of Santa Ana; and Garrett Eugene Aguilar, 28, and Stephen Paul Carlstrom, 42, both of Anaheim, face felony murder charges in the Oct. 5, 2006, death of John Chamberlain just days after Chamberlain was transferred to the Theo Lacy Detention Facility in Orange.

Prosecutors said the five men were part of two prison groups who planned and carried out the killing because they believed Chamberlain was a child molester. He was awaiting trial on misdemeanor charges of possession of child pornography.

A special criminal grand jury convened in May 2007 to look at the incident, and a full report on the death was released by the Orange County district attorney’s office in April 2008.

The report states that the death of Chamberlain was a highly orchestrated act. In the days before his death, it said, several inmates made anonymous calls to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department asking about Chamberlain’s pending charges. On the evening of Oct. 5, Chamberlain was taken to a “blind spot” at the jail, out of sight from the guard station, and was beaten to death by several waves of inmates, some of whom brought water with them from the bathroom to wash evidence of the crime away, the report said.

An autopsy revealed that Chamberlain had suffered severe blunt-force trauma, including 43 rib fractures, which caused respiratory and cardiac arrest.

Prosecutors said they believe that Petrovich was the leader of his prison group and ordered the killing death after Carlstrom asked Chamberlain about what kind of charge he faced.

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2 Comments for “Inmates accused of killing prisoner they mistook for molester”

  1. Wolfman

    another big screw up in our new sex offender laws in America because if you are convicted under any of these broad sex laws everyone will think you are a child molester even if you are not and it will ruin the rest of your life or worse

  2. Russian

    The right thing done, the man possesed CHILD PORN thats all you need to know. Sex offenders esspecially dose that have to do with children should be dealt in this way always.

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