SanManuel

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 – 05:00 p.m.

An attempt to settle a long-running civil case against two members of the San Manuel Band of Mission failed at a court hearing in San Bernardino on Wednesday morning.

Plaintiff and Former Bar Manager Leonard Epps has already won a jury verdict awarding him $4.5 million in compensatory damages.

The trial to determine punitive damages, if any, Epps is entitled to has been delayed.

During Wednesday’s proceedings, Superior Court Judge Michael Smith denied a motion for change of venue, filed by Joseph Arias, attorney for Defendants Stacey Barajas-Nunez and Erik Barajas.

According to court records, Smith set another settlement conference for April 30. The parties are attempting to work out a structured payement settlement.

A trial date of of July 21 was also placed on calendar, in the event no settlement is reached.

Epps could be awarded an anything from zero to roughly ten times the compensatory damage amount.

The Barajas siblings were convicted in a Mexican Mafia plot to kill Epps, who at the time worked at the Brass Key lounge in Highland.

The San Bernardino County District Attorney allowed the two to be sentenced to probation in lieu of a state prison commitment.

Barajas-Nunez is currently serving a prison confinement for violating her probation.