Skip to content

Sheriff deputy plows into, kills two pedestrians, gets no jail time and may keep his job!

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
8/15/2014 (3 years ago)
Catholic Online (

Kern County residents furious at plea deal that could put sheriff back on the street.

A former sheriff will spend no time behind bars as a result of a plea deal, although he struck and killed two pedestrians while on duty. Locals are blasting the deal as a failure of the justice system.

A Kern County Sheriff's deputy may return to the streets following a plea deal for community service, despite killing two pedestrians.

A Kern County Sheriff's deputy may return to the streets following a plea deal for community service, despite killing two pedestrians.


By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
Catholic Online (
8/15/2014 (3 years ago)

Published in U.S.

Keywords: John Swearengin, manslaughter, sheriff, kern county, plea deal

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Although national attention is focused on Ferguson, MO, angry residents of Bakersfield, CA staged a small protest of about a dozen people in front of the Kern County courthouse in Bakersfield, CA on Friday.

Carrying signs decrying the lack of justice, protesters as well as the general public expressed their disapproval at the plea deal that will keep former deputy John Swearengin on the streets.

Let is pray for peace for those deprived of justice. May justice come.

Deputy Swearengin was arrested in December of 2011 after he plowed into two pedestrians, Daniel Hiller and Chrystal Jolley who were crossing the street at night. Swearengin was responding to a call and video footage revealed he had neither lights nor siren on while speeding in his cruiser. Reports from the investigation suggest he may have been distracted when he struck the pedestrians. He did not brake before the collision.

Charged with two felony counts of vehicular manslaughter, he faced up to seven years in prison. However, as a result of his plea deal, he will only do 480 hours of community service and he may even keep his job as a sheriff.

This has the public crying foul.

It should be noted that if a person slapped a peace officer, even one that is off duty, they're certainly going to jail. Conversely, it appears as though a deputy sheriff can plow into two people while speeding without lights or siren, and still keep his job. This appearance of injustice, regardless of circumstances, has many upset and angry. However, it is up to prosecutors and judges to make the case for punishment, not the public.

Another fact that should outrage citizens is that Deputy Swearengin has been on paid administrative leave since October 2011, and he may retain his job if an internal investigation decides he did not violate any department policies.

The Deputy District Attorney, Michael J. Yraceburn explained that he "wasn't happy" with the outcome of the case but that he wasn't certain a conviction would have been possible.

Needless to say, many local residents aren't happy with the outcome either, with many taking to social media to express their frustration with a local system of justice that seems to protect aggressive deputies over the rights of citizens.

The families have been paid a total of $8.8 million in compensation.


'Help Give every Student and Teacher FREE resources for a world-class Moral Catholic Education'

Copyright 2018 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for FEBRUARY 2018
Say 'No' to Corruption.
That those who have material, political or spiritual power may resist any lure of corruption.


More U.S.

Want to stop school shootings? End the American death culture Watch

Image of School shootings are the product of American culture.

Another school shooting took place this morning at Great Mills High School in Great Mills, Maryland. Several students were injured and ... continue reading

Saint Patrick Calls All Christians to be Missionaries to this Age Watch

Image of St. Patrick Icon

We need to learn from this great missionary. He saw what was good in the culture and baptized what could be redeemed. He respected the ... continue reading

Trump CIA nominee faces questions about torture Watch

Image of

Gina Haspel, President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the CIA, oversaw a secret prison in Thailand where US intelligence targets were ... continue reading

Yesterday, thousands of kids walked out of school. Here's why that matters to you Watch

Image of According to historians who study revolutions, such as Crane Brinton, we are in the early stages of one. What happens next depends on the effectiveness of our political leadership.

Yesterday thousands of students, mostly in high schools across the United States, walked out of their classes. They were joined in ... continue reading

Archbishop Hebda: Catholics belong in the public sphere Watch

Image of

Archbishop Bernard Hebda of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis said it is the duty of the laity to represent the Catholic faith in ... continue reading

Never Miss any Updates!

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers.

Learn about Catholic world

Catholic Online
Inform - Inspire - Ignite

Catholic Online Saints
Your saints explained

Catholic Online Prayers
Prayers for every need

Catholic Online Bible
Complete bible online

Catholic Online News
Your news Catholic eye

Daily Reading
Today's bible reading

Lent / Easter
Death & resurrection of Jesus

Advent / Christmas
Birth of Jesus

Rest of Catholic Online
All Catholic world we offer

Products and services we offer

Catholic Online Shopping
Catholic medals, gifts & books

The California Network
Inspiring streaming service

Advertise on Catholic Online
Your ads on

Catholic Online Email
Email with Catholic feel

Catholic Online Singles
Safe, secure Catholic dating

The California Studios
World-class post production service

Learn the Catholic way

Catholic Online School
Free Catholic education for all

Student Classes
K-12 & Adult Education Classes

School Teachers
Teacher lesson plans & resources

Support Free Education
Tax deductible support Free education

Connect with us online

Catholic Online on Facebook
Catholic social network

Catholic Online on Twitter
Catholic Tweets

Catholic Online on YouTube
Enjoy our videos

Catholic Online on Instagram
Shared Catholic moments

Catholic Online on Pinterest
Catholic ideas style inspiration

Catholic Online Logo

Copyright 2018 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2018 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.