2 L.A. County deputies charged in Gaslamp assault

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SAN DIEGO – Two Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies pleaded not guilty Monday in San Diego Superior Court to felony charges stemming from an off-duty street brawl in the Gaslamp entertainment zone.

sdpdMiguel Antonio Aguilar, 29, and Derek Robin Vonkleist, 28, face charges of aggravated battery and assault likely to produce great bodily injury. The two were arrested shortly after midnight Dec. 7 and booked into San Diego County jail.

Aguilar has been with the L.A. County department for five years, Vonkleist for four, and both were assigned to the downtown jail. Each is free on $35,000 bail.

Under department policy, both were suspended with pay after being arrested. Once arraigned on felony charges, that shifted to suspended without pay.

Steve Whitmore, spokesman for L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca, said, “This is absolutely unacceptable behavior, and the sheriff takes it very seriously. No one is above the law.”

The next court hearing is set for Jan. 2. If convicted on both counts, each man faces a maximum possible prison sentence of four years, officials said.

——— Story by Los Angeles Times reporter Tony Perry

1 Comment

  • Scott

    Dear San Diego county sheriff. You don't want people to have guns because the police will protect us. How are they going to do that when they are to busy raping, assaulting, murdering, etc. etc. etc…. These guys may have not been San Diego police or Sheriffs, but you guys have made plenty of your own headlines in the past year.

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