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Prosecutors Want Retrial In Bell Corruption Case

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Five former Bell City Council members, George Mirabal (C), (2L-R) Teresa Jacobo, George Cole, Oscar Hernandez and Victor Bello, were found guilty last year of stealing public money by paying themselves extraordinary salaries in one of Los Angeles County's poorest cities. (Photo credit: Irfan Khan-Pool/Getty Images)

Five former Bell City Council members, George Mirabal (C), (2L-R) Teresa Jacobo, George Cole, Oscar Hernandez and Victor Bello, were found guilty last year of stealing public money by paying themselves extraordinary salaries in one of Los Angeles County’s poorest cities. (Photo credit: Irfan Khan-Pool/Getty Images)

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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com)— Los Angeles County prosecutors said Tuesday they plan to retry five former Bell officials convicted of misappropriating public funds.

District Attorney’s office spokeswoman Jean Guccione said prosecutors want to retry a handful of charges against former Mayor Oscar Hernandez and ex-City Council members Teresa Jacobo, George Mirabal, George Cole and Victor Bello after jurors deadlocked on them back in March, which prompted a judge to declare a mistrial on those counts.

Hernandez, Jacobo and Mirabal were each convicted of five counts of misappropriation of public funds and acquitted of five other counts. Cole was convicted of two counts and acquitted of two others. Bello was convicted of four counts and acquitted of four others.

The jury acquitted former Councilman Luis Artiga of 12 counts against him.

Guccione said prosecutors have no plans to contest that decision.

A court hearing is set for May 29.

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