"Austin Powers" actor Joseph Son was found not guilty Monday of what was effectively a murder charge filed in connection with the death of his cell mate inside a Kern County prison nearly six years ago.
The jury instead convicted Son, 44, of voluntary manslaughter following a two-week trial.
"We are grateful for the jury's attention to all the evidence in this case," said Deputy Public Defender T. Alan Rogers, Son's attorney. "Considering it was originally a death penalty case, it's fair to say Mr. Son is relieved the jury didn't find him to be a cold-blooded murderer."
Jurors found him not guilty of assault by a life prisoner with force causing death, which is much like a murder charge but more specific to Son's circumstances since he was already serving a sentence of life without the possibility of parole when his cell mate was killed.