Scales of Justice

Sunday, Augist 22, 2013 – 11:00 a.m.

The punitive damages phase of the civil lawsuit filed by a former bar lounge manager targeted in a murder-for-hire scheme, orhestrated by members of the San Manuel Manuel of Mission Indians, is set to start Monday morning.

Leonard Epps was, and still is, targeted in a Mexican Mafia hit contract. A hit contract initiated at the behest of San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Tribal Members Stacy and Erik Barajas.

The two siblings have already be previsouly convicted in San Bernardino Superior Court for their crimes, but were sentenced to just five years probation, in a plea deal with San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael Ramos.

Stacy Nunez-Barajas was later sent to state prison for violating probation in the case.

In the first phase of the civil case, a jury awarded Epps $4.5 million in compensatory damages, of which, the Barajas’ were found responsible for roughly three-quarters of that amount.