Detention Deputies Found Guilty Of Beating Death Charges

Contreras Charged With 2nd Degree Murder, Lindini Charged With Involuntary Manslaughter

The verdict has finally come in for the two remaining detention deputies who were accused of beating and killing inmate James Moore.

Ralph Contreras was found guilty of second-degree murder and assault by a public officer.

Daniel Lindini was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter and assault by a public officer. His bail was set at $750,000.

Kern County settled a civil lawsuit in April with the Moore's families for $6.05 million.

Earlier in September, Roxanne Fowler, one of the three defendants, pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of misdemeanor assault by a public officer. She was sentenced to time served, which was seven days in jail and two days of good behavior. Fowler also received three years probation and a $375 fine.

On Sept. 3, Lindini and Contreras turned down plea deals in the case, according to Fowler's attorney David Torres. Torres said Contreras was offered a charge of voluntary manslaughter with a maximum 11 years in prison. Torres said Lindini was offered a charge of assault with a deadly weapon and faced a maximum four years in prison.

Torres said then that he wanted a dismissal for his client, Fowler, because "this is not justice, this is politics. Justice should not be directed by politics, that is truly what this is in this situation."

In August of 2005, Lindini, Contreras, and Fowler all pled not guilty to second-degree murder as well as assault under the color of authority.

Angel Bravo and Lisa Romero were also charged in the case but already took plea offers from prosecutors more than three years ago.

The crimes took place at the Central Receiving Facility at the Downtown Jail on Aug. 15, 2005.

Sentencing for Contreras and Lindini is set for Dec. 1.

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