Delaware Jury Finds Lawmen Guilty On Dereliction Of Duty Charges

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A jury has found two law enforcement officials guilty of dereliction of duty charges after they left a man at a restaurant who was then struck and killed by vehicle.

The jury deliberated since Monday on the case against Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper Sean Carpenter and Delaware County Sheriff's Deputy Derek Beggs.

Carpenter and Beggs were charged following the death of Uriel Juarez-Popoca. The lawmen left Juarez-Popoca at a Taco Bell after they found the intoxicated man along Interstate 71 last summer.

He was struck and killed by a car later that night.

Deputy Christopher Hughes was one of the men also scheduled to face trial, but last Thursday, he pleaded no contest to a minor misdemeanor on failure to assist a law enforcement officer. 

Carpenter and Beggs each face $1,000 fines.

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