Two detention officers were sentenced to prison Tuesday for their role in a beating death at the downtown jail.
A defiant Daniel Lindini, 52, a 26-year veteran who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter, was sentenced to two years in prison. As handcuffs were placed on his wrists, Lindini told prosecutor John Lua, "Hey, Lua, I hope you can sleep well."
Lua had asked for a three-year term for Lindini.
A more subdued Ralph Contreras, 36, a 12-year veteran who was convicted of second-degree murder, was sentenced to 15 years to life. He will have to serve 15 years before he is eligible for parole while Lindini will have to serve one year.
The convictions stemmed from the 2005 death of 30-year-old James Moore, who at times struggled mightily with up to 20 jail officers over a several-hour period.
Moore had been arrested that day on criminal threat charges. He was shackled most of the time as he fought with officers who tried to control him.
Josie Chapman, a sister of Moore's, said she was happy the case was over and "I'm happy justice was served."
Before the sentences were pronounced, she read letters from Moore's other two sisters and his son, James Moore Jr., who talked about the loss of a man they will never see again. His son said "he was my dad and best friend. We went fishing and camping and played video games."
Superior Court Judge Louis P. Etcheverry said neither defendant tried to stop what happened and neither showed any remorse. He said Lindini deserved prison because he put his arm on Moore's throat toward the end of the struggle.
Lindini's service in the jail and his clean criminal record kept him from getting more time in prison, the judge said.
Contreras struck Moore many times, including using a baton, and while Moore was on the gurney at the end, Contreras "cut off his wind by putting his hands on his nose and mouth," the judge said.
The judge said both men were sworn to protect the inmates in the jail.
Bill Seki, the attorney for Contreras, argued that the judge should have reduced the conviction to involuntary manslaughter because Contreras never showed the implied malice necessary for a murder conviction.
He said he was "still shocked" by the murder conviction because his client never intentionally tried to kill the victim. He and the other officers "tried many times to control him (Moore). He didn't respond." Seki said his client expressed remorse to him.
Fred Gagliardini, the attorney for Lindini, agreed with Seki that it was unfair to single out these officers from all the others involved.
Gagliardini defended Lindini's comment to Lua about whether the prosecutor can sleep well. The attorney said the comment was a continuation of his remorse about what happened, but his disagreement that he was singled out from among the other officers for prosecution.
Both attorneys said they were disappointed that vans arrived before sentencing to take both men to prison, indicating prison and not the request for probation only was a foregone conclusion.
Lua said, "This is a sad day for everyone involved. It's ironic that this man's life was taken by the very people sworn to protect him."
Lua acknowledged that at one point Lindini asked Moore to stop resisting so he didn't end up getting hurt, but later Lindini put a forearm to Moore's neck.
Seki said he would exhaust all options for appeal.
Murder charges against a third deputy, Roxanne Fowler, 45, were dropped in September when she pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge. She was sentenced to no further jail time, three years probation and $375 in fines.
Contreras and Lindini had been offered a package plea deal -- Contreras for voluntary manslaughter and 11 years in prison; Lindini to assault with four years in prison. Both rejected that offer and went to trial.