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2 sheriff's deputies in jail abuse case won't be retried on excessive force charges

Bret Phillips

Federal prosecutors Tuesday struck a deal with two Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies that allows the men to avoid a second trial on charges they used excessive force on a jail inmate.

Joey Aguiar and Mariano Ramirez were accused of unjustly beating the handcuffed inmate and then lying about it.

Their trial concluded this month with a mixed verdict. Jurors convicted the deputies of writing false reports about the February 2009 incident, but failed to reach a unanimous decision on whether the force the men used was justified. Ten of the 12 jurors were...

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