3 Correction Officers Found Guilty of Second Degree Murder

Michael Tyree was 31-years old when he died on August 26, 2015.   He was bi-polar and was arrested for misdemeanor theft and drug possession. Tyree was jailed in a section of the Santa Clara County Correctional facility that is reserved for inmates with special needs.  There, he was beaten with the coroner finding the cause of death as internal bleeding due to blunt force trauma.  There were lacerations to Michael’s liver and spleen, which was nearly severed in half.  Michael was found in his cell naked and covered in vomit and feces.

Three guards, Matthew Farris, Jereh Lubrin and Rafael Rodriguez, were charged with second degree murder.  Jereh Lubrin was also charged with assault under color of authority and the three guards were charged with assault under color of authority for allegedly beating inmate Juan Villa.

(left to right) Matthew Farris , Jereh Lubrin, and Rafael Rodriguez

Their trial began on March 22, 2017.  Prosecutors relied on witness testimony to paint the correctional deputies who enjoyed physically attacking inmates.  Text messages between the guards was presented into evidence.

The jury began deliberating on May 25, 2017.  On June 1, 2017, the jury hung on the assault charges, but found Farris, Lubrin, and Rodriguez guilty of second degree murder.

KTVU reports that;

“None of the deputies showed any emotion when the verdicts were read although Tyree’s family members wept as the verdicts were read. The three deputies were in handcuffs and whisked from the courtroom.”

The guards now face a minimum sentence of 15 years to life in prison with the possibility of parole. KTVU’s legal consultant Michael Cardoza said the three would have to serve at least 15 years in state prison before they would be eligible for parole.

Posted on 06/01/2017, in Cases, Michael Tyree, Trial Videos and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

    • Cindy,
      If only the State of Florida felt that way when a mentally ill inmate was scalded to death. The State’s Attorney would not bring charges against the correction officers.


  1. yahtzeebutterfly

    So terrifying!


  2. Mr. Militant Negro

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  3. My heart is full of joy, thank God for allowing the quilty to pay for their crimes. I still think they should have been found guilty of all charges, but never the less all of these psychos will spend at least 15 years in their hell holes 👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏😃😃😃😃😃!

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