A California man will spend three months in jail and could be deported after pleading guilty to lying to a 911 dispatcher, leading police into a fatal encounter with a 19-year-old man.
The Pasadena Sun reported on Monday that Oscar Carrillo, an undocumented immigrant from Mexico, took a plea agreement preventing him from going to trial and facing a four-year jail sentence. He will also pay about $3,000 in restitution to Pasadena police and will spend 36 months on probation. Carrillo is scheduled to begin serving his sentence on June 27.
Carrillo has also been named in a lawsuit filed by the family of Kendrec McDade, who was shot and killed by local police in March 2012. Officers mistakenly believed McDade, suspected of stealing Carrillo’s backpack at the time, to be armed after Carrillo told 911 dispatchers he was robbed at gunpoint. Carrillo later admitted to lying about the gun in order to generate a faster police response.
“I don’t feel guilty about anything,” Carrillo told KNBC-TV. “Only God knows, and me, I don’t do anything. I feel sorry. Nobody deserves to die.”
The two officers who shot McDade were cleared of any wrongdoing in December 2012. On Monday, his family’s attorney, Caree Harper, expressed their disappointment in a statement to KNBC.
“The recent slap on the wrist of Mr. Carrillo serves as yet another disappointment to the McDade family following the failure of the District Attorney’s office to charge him with a felony,” Harper said in the statement.
But City Attorney Michele Bagneris told the station that the sentence sent a strong message.
There are potentially serious consequences when people make false reports,” Bagneris told KNBC. “It’s a threat to public safety, it’s a drain on public resources.”
Watch KNBC’s report on Carrillo’s sentence, aired Monday, below.
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