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April 3, 2017

Two remaining defendants in use of force incident plead no contest to a lesser charge

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.– The two remaining defendants in the deputy involved use of force case which ended in a jury deadlock last week pled no contest today to a violation of Penal Code section 415, disturbing the peace, a misdemeanor.

As a result of the plea agreement, both Michael Phelps and Nick Downey were sentenced to one year probation and the remaining charges were dismissed.

"After reevaluating the evidence and learning that the jury was hopelessly deadlocked, there is no reasonable likelihood that another jury would be able to reach a verdict," District Attorney Mike Ramos said. “It is time to move forward. I will reiterate what I have said all along, that the actions of these defendants should not tarnish the badge of the hardworking men and women of the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department."

Contact: Christopher Lee, Public Affairs Officer (909) 382-3665 or via email at or via text at (909) 782-5559




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