1 ex-San Bernardino deputy convicted in pursuit assault

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — A jury has convicted one former Southern California sheriff's deputy of assaulting a man after a pursuit two years ago, but deadlocked on charges against two others.

The verdict Thursday involved a chase in which the fleeing man, Francis Jared Pusok, stole a horse but fell off and then was set upon by San Bernardino County deputies as a TV news helicopter broadcast the scene.

The jury found Charles Foster guilty of one felony count of assault by a public officer under color of authority. The jury deadlocked on ex-deputies Michael Phelps and Nicholas Downey, and the judge scheduled a retrial.

Foster's attorney, Heather Phillips, tells the San Bernardino Sun newspaper she will appeal the conviction.

Pusok, a repeat offender, earlier reached a $650,000 civil settlement.


Information from: The Sun, http://www.sbsun.com      

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