Woman files wrongful death suit against Merced Sheriff's Department, sheriff

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Mar 28, 2018

SACRAMENTO – A woman alleges her brother died after he was beaten in his housing cell by several individuals at the Merced County Men's Central Jail.

Estate of Aaron Bonilla by and through his personal representative Tamara Bonilla, and Tamara Bonilla, individually filed a complaint on March 8 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California against County of Merced Sheriff's Department, County of Merced Department of Corrections; Sheriff Version H. Warnke and Does 1 through 50 alleging wrongful death.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on June 11, 2017, Aaron Bonilla died while a detainee at defendants' correctional facility when he was "violently attacked by individuals who were acting in concert with one or more of the co-defendant individuals" and "beaten to death."

The plaintiffs allege the defendants failed to supervise, investigate and take corrective actions in incidents of failure to provide reasonable security resulting in inmate-on-inmate violence.

The plaintiffs seek judgment for general and special damages, losses in an amount according to proof, costs of suit, and for such further relief as the court may deem just and equitable. They are represented by Siamak Vaziri, Stefano G. Formica and Vincent J. Cartier of Vaziri Law Group APC in Los Angeles.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California case number 1:18-cv-00329-DAD-SKO

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