A jury on Thursday found three Santa Clara County sheriff's deputies guilty of killing mentally ill inmate Michael Tyree.
Rafael Rodriguez, Matthew Farris and Jereh Lubrin were all convicted of second-degree murder. The three have been remanded into custody, and are set to be sentenced on Sept. 1.
“Michael Tyree’s tragedy was worthy of our outrage,” said Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen, speaking outside the courthouse after the verdict. “This jury’s verdict treated this jail not just as the grim setting for a murder, but as an important societal institution whose employees share a mission of protection of those outside of it as well as those housed within it. Without that protection, there’s no law, there is no order, there is no justice. And in the end, for Michael Tyree, there was no chance.”
Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith told reporters, “We’re proud that justice was served and that those that are culpable are behind bars.”
Smith said the Sheriff’s Department’s internal investigation on the three deputies will be concluded soon.