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December 30, 2005 | Paul Pringle and Hector Becerra, Times Staff Writers
Before it killed him, the beating that Chadwick Shane Cochran suffered in a Los Angeles jail may have brought back terrifying memories. The attack last month was not the first time the system failed to protect the mentally ill man while he was in custody, according to a civil rights lawsuit. Four years ago, the suit alleged, Georgia prison guards choked and karate-chopped Cochran after he was pulled from a class for mentally ill inmates and vomited on an officer's shoe.
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August 2, 2013 | By Matt Hamilton
A man involved in the beating death of a fellow Los Angeles County jail inmate was sentenced Friday to life in prison without the possibility of parole. A jury in June convicted Heriberto Eddie Rodriguez, 33, in the killing of Chadwick Shane Cochran, 35. Rodriguez and a fellow inmate, Christian Perez, beat and stomped on Cochran during dinner at Men's Central Jail while more than 50 inmates looked on, prosecutors said. A probation report made public after Rodriguez's sentencing offered new details about the Nov. 16, 2005, slaying.
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July 4, 2007 | Stuart Pfeifer, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles County officials have tentatively agreed to pay $1 million to resolve a lawsuit filed by relatives of a mentally ill inmate who was beaten to death after deputies left him unsupervised with a group of gang members. The settlement, expected to be finalized this week, stems from the Nov. 16, 2005, slaying of Chadwick Shane Cochran, the victim of an alleged attack by two gang members who took turns jumping off a steel bench and stomping on the dying man's head as other inmates watched.
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July 4, 2007 | Stuart Pfeifer, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles County officials have tentatively agreed to pay $1 million to resolve a lawsuit filed by relatives of a mentally ill inmate who was beaten to death after deputies left him unsupervised with a group of gang members. The settlement, expected to be finalized this week, stems from the Nov. 16, 2005, slaying of Chadwick Shane Cochran, the victim of an alleged attack by two gang members who took turns jumping off a steel bench and stomping on the dying man's head as other inmates watched.
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August 2, 2013 | By Matt Hamilton
A man involved in the beating death of a fellow Los Angeles County jail inmate was sentenced Friday to life in prison without the possibility of parole. A jury in June convicted Heriberto Eddie Rodriguez, 33, in the killing of Chadwick Shane Cochran, 35. Rodriguez and a fellow inmate, Christian Perez, beat and stomped on Cochran during dinner at Men's Central Jail while more than 50 inmates looked on, prosecutors said. A probation report made public after Rodriguez's sentencing offered new details about the Nov. 16, 2005, slaying.
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January 5, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Two inmates pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of killing and torturing another inmate inside the Men's Central Jail in November. Christian Perez, 18, in jail on murder and carjacking charges, and Heriberto Rodriguez, 24, charged with carjacking, could face the death penaltydue to the special-circumstance allegation of torture. Chadwick Shane Cochran, 35, was beaten and stomped to death.
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June 19, 2013 | By Matt Hamilton
A jail inmate who killed a fellow prisoner should be sentenced to life without the possibility of parole, a downtown Los Angeles jury decided Wednesday. Heriberto Eddie Rodriguez, 32, attacked other inmates before and after killing Chadwick Shane Cochran, said prosecutors, who had urged jurors to give Rodriguez the death penalty. Rodriguez and another inmate, Christian Perez, beat and stomped Cochran to death during dinner at the downtown Men's Central Jail on Nov. 16, 2005. More than 35 inmates watched the attack, Deputy Dist.
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June 19, 2013 | By Matt Hamilton, Los Angeles Times
In the end, it was Heriberto Eddie Rodriguez's own words that saved his life. The prosecutor seeking his execution said Rodriguez's violent attacks against at least half a dozen Los Angeles County jail inmates, including one assault in which he beat and kicked a man to death, were proof that he was beyond redemption. But the 32-year-old former gang member took the witness stand in his defense and told jurors he was a changed man. He expressed remorse for his crime and denounced his membership in street and prison gangs.
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December 11, 2005 | Steve Lopez
He's 42 and bearded, thin as a dry twig, hands cuffed behind him. When he gets out, he says, he wants to play baseball, be a rock star and get a paper route. "Just call me Mickey Vin Priestly," he says, making up a name and telling me it's "very miserable" on the seventh floor of the Los Angeles County Jail. "Everybody keeps trying to poison me." After we talk, deputies march the schizophrenic inmate back to his cell and lock the door behind him.
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December 8, 2005 | Richard Winton and Stuart Pfeifer, Times Staff Writers
Los Angeles County prosecutors on Wednesday said two inmates could face the death penalty for torturing a fellow inmate for up to half an hour, then killing him while they were locked together in an unsupervised room at the Men's Central Jail -- all over what authorities now believe was a misunderstanding.
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December 30, 2005 | Paul Pringle and Hector Becerra, Times Staff Writers
Before it killed him, the beating that Chadwick Shane Cochran suffered in a Los Angeles jail may have brought back terrifying memories. The attack last month was not the first time the system failed to protect the mentally ill man while he was in custody, according to a civil rights lawsuit. Four years ago, the suit alleged, Georgia prison guards choked and karate-chopped Cochran after he was pulled from a class for mentally ill inmates and vomited on an officer's shoe.
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June 19, 2013 | Matt Hamilton
Heriberto Eddie Rodriguez was far from a model inmate. Two months after arriving at the Men's Central Jail, authorities say, the San Fernando Valley gang member beat and kicked his cellmate as he lay on the ground -- then forced him to sleep under the bed. Weeks later, he allegedly assaulted a new cellmate. The man was clasping at the cell's bars with blood dripping down his face when a sheriff's deputy arrived. He was begging for help. Rodriguez, who is 5 feet, 9 inches tall and weighs 165 pounds, stomped on a third cellmate who wouldn't give up his blanket, authorities say, and he was part of a group of prisoners who beat and choked another man who was in custody for a few days for driving on a suspended license.
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December 7, 2005 | Stuart Pfeifer and Richard Winton, Times Staff Writers
County supervisors on Tuesday accused Sheriff Lee Baca of ignoring recommendations to improve inmate safety at county jails and said the continued violence there is costing the county millions of dollars in legal settlements. The supervisors' unusually confrontational session with top jail officials came the day they discussed settling lawsuits filed by families of two of the eight inmates who have been killed in the jails over the last two years. The county has agreed to pay at least $1.
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