All 3 deputies found guilty in #MichaelTyree case - 2nd degree murder. Could not reach verdict for counts 2 & 3.— David Louie (@abc7david) June 1, 2017
Nearly half of the spectator seats were filled with immediate family members of the defendants, 28-year-old Matthew Farris, 30-year-old Jereh Lubrin and 28-year-old Rafael Rodriguez. Also in court was Michael Tyree's sister Shannon.
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The defendants' relatives cried as they heard the verdicts read, one by one for each of the three former correctional officers.
#MichaelTyree murder trial began 3/22. County paid $3.6 mil to family to settle excessive force complaint.— David Louie (@abc7david) June 1, 2017
After the jury was polled individually to confirm their unanimous verdict, Farris, Lubrin and Rodriguez were put in handcuffs and taken out of the courtroom. They will be in court again on Sept. 1 for sentencing.
Jury has reached. Reduction for only 1 of 3 counts against 3 deputies #MichaelTyree— David Louie (@abc7david) June 1, 2017
Second-degree murder carries a possible sentence of 15 years to life. During the nearly four-month long trial, the defendants had been free on bail.
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Family members did not speak to reporters as they left the Hall of Justice. District Attorney Jeff Rosen, prosecutor Matt Braker, and Sheriff Laurie Smith did address a large group of reporters and photographers.
Convicted Defendants put in handcuffs and removed from courtroom in front of crying family members. #MichaelTyree— David Louie (@abc7david) June 2, 2017
Of Tyree, Rosen said, "his death will never be invisible. We will think of him as we work toward making the justice system a better, more fair and safe place for the vulnerable men and women suffering from mental illness."
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A blue ribbon panel appointed by the County Board of Supervisors spent six months last year reviewing jail operations and recommending changes that will improve how inmates with mental health issues are treated. More training of officers and better record keeping are also being implemented.
Very complex verdicts. Stand by. 2 defendants found guilty of second degree murder. #MichaelTyree— David Louie (@abc7david) June 1, 2017
The Board of Supervisors recently reviewed progress in the implementation of reforms a week ago.