BELL (CBSLA.com) — Jurors have convicted five of the six defendants in the Bell corruption trial, but remain deadlocked on 10 charges.
Ex-Mayor Oscar Hernandez and former council members Teresa Jacobo, George Mirabal, Luis Artiga, George Cole and Victor Bello were charged with misappropriation of public funds in a nearly 100-count indictment more than two years ago.
Hernandez, Jacobo and Mirabal Wednesday were each convicted of five counts of misappropriation of public funds and acquitted of five other counts.
Cole and Bello were each convicted of two counts. Cole was acquitted of one count and Bello was acquitted of two.
Artiga, who was acquitted of all 12 counts of misappropriation of public funds against him, was the only defendant to be exonerated. Of the six accused, Artiga was the most recent addition to the city council.
“I said from the beginning that the truth was going to set me free,” said Artiga, who said he regrets being part of the council.
KNX 1070’s Claudia Peschiutta reports Artiga felt badly for his former colleagues who were convicted.