Jared Petrovich, Garrett Aguilar: Life In Prison for John Chamberlain Murder Trial Defendants

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Jared Petrovich and Garrett Aguilar, two of six former Theo Lacy Jail inmates charged in the Oct. 6, 2006 beating death of John Chamberlain, a Rancho Santa Margarita software engineer facing trial for possessing child pornography, were sentenced to 15 years to life in prison today. The alleged shot-caller of the Woods, the jailhouse gang for white inmates, at Theo Lacy's F-Barracks, a low-security housing dormitory, Petrovich, who was profiled in an April 2008 OC Weekly cover story, claims he was told of Chamberlain's status as a child molester by deputies.


He admitted spreading word to other inmates that the victim was eligible for assault but denied having taken part in the attack, in which dozens of inmates including many who were never identified or charged ruthlessly punched, kicked, and stomped Chamberlain to death. During last year's trial, several witnesses alleged they saw Aguilar lead Chamberlain to the area of the barracks and repeatedly punch and stomp the victim; one of the witnesses described Aguilar's behavior as "ruthless."

In Petrovich's sentencing hearing today, Judge James A. Stotler told Petrovich that he bears the same responsibility for Chamberlain's death as those who directly attacked him. "One who lights the fuste can't escape culpability when the bomb goes off," Stotler said. "And in essence, Jared, that's what you did here. You lit the fuse and from a distance watched the bomb go off."

Keith Davidson, Petrovich's defense attorney, said his client will be eligible for parole 15 years after the incident took place, which would be on Oct. 5, 2021. Of the six inmates convicted of second degree murder last October, two more--Stephen Carlstrom and Raul Villafana--have yet to be sentenced because their attorneys were sick today.

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Justsayin
Justsayin

"Judge James A. Stotler told Petrovich that he bears the same responsibility for Chamberlain's death as those who directly attacked him."

By that logic, the guard who started it all bears the same responsibility for Chamberlain's death as those who directly attacked him.

949girl
949girl

This is such bullshit.  But hopefully they get 15 years and not life.  With time served another 10 years?  Still kind of a steep price to pay for the work of some dirty deputies. 

909Jeff
909Jeff

Judge James A. Stotler told Petrovich that he bears the same responsibility for Chamberlain's death as those who directly attacked him. "One who lights the fuse can't escape culpability when the bomb goes off, 

Why would you say its bullshit? Really.. I'm not trying to pick a fight. Its common knowledge that rapist and child molesters bet beat up in jail or prison.  If he divulged that info to fellow inmates and is a so called "Shot Caller" then his actions directly lead to a mans death.

Paul
Paul

The deputy that told him to do it lit the fuse jeff thats why.

949girl
949girl

Well I think it's bullshit because if Petrovich didn't do what he was told you don't think he wouldn't  have faced consequences?  Jailhouse politics.  I don't believe it's even alleged that Villafona touched Chamberlain either, he was just another shot caller too.  If Petrovich didn't do what he was told I am pretty sure Kevin Taylor would have made him pay in some way, he would have gotten his ass beat.

By the way it wasn't too long ago, maybe a month or so, that Garrett Aguilar was beat up and put in the hole by the deputies.  Just for being mouthy.  Thrown on the floor and beat up.  One of the guys in dayroom called the Reg to get the story out but little has been reported on this. 

I'm not saying it's right to beat a man to death, but I personally think that someone needed to pay for the crime and it's a lot easier to charge a bunch of petty criminals than changing the whole OC Jail. 

This happened at a time when Mike Carona was still sheriff too...

909Jeff
909Jeff

I don't disagree that there needs to be some investigation into the jails as there have been too many incidences of abuse.  

Thanks for your response!

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