3 Ex-Deputies Convicted Of Beating Inmate

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three ex-sheriff’s deputies have pleaded no contest to beating a Los Angeles County jail inmate.

The deputies attacked inmate Gabriel Vasquez at the downtown Men’s Central Jail after he made an obscene gesture to a jailer.

Investigators initially determined deputies weren’t involved and the injuries were from other inmates or were self-inflicted.

The investigation was reopened when a fourth deputy admitted during a job interview with another agency that he lied about witnessing the attack.

On Wednesday, 34-year-old Lee Simoes pleaded no contest felony assault and he was placed on three years’ probation. Humberto Magallanes and Kenny Ramirez, both 30, pleaded no contest to misdemeanor assault and were placed on two years’ probation.

Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore said they resigned Tuesday night.

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