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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 11/16/16 – 2:32 PM PST |

San Bernardino County has settled for $1.5 million a lawsuit filed by the parents of a developmentally disabled Ontario man beaten to death by his cellmate last year at West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga.

The settlement, finalized Tuesday between the county and the parents of 19-year-old Rashad Davis Jr., is not an admission of guilt by the defendants: the county and sheriff’s Capt. Jeff Rose, who oversees operations at the embattled jail. The jail has been subject to an FBI and federal grand jury investigation into allegations of inmate abuse for the last two and a half years.

“I am very pleased with the settlement,” said Woodland Hills attorney Dale K. Galipo, who represented Davis’ parents, Rashad Davis Sr. and Deandra Thomas, in the lawsuit, filed in November in U.S. District Court in Riverside. “I think it was the right thing to do, and we’re hoping that the (West Valley) Detention Center and the county will take further action so this doesn’t happen to somebody else’s loved one.”

Davis was beaten to death by Jeremiah Bell, 23, in the cell the two shared at the jail in May 2015, authorities said. Bell was in custody on suspicion of severely beating 54-year-old Rialto resident Armando Barron with a baseball bat because, according to police, Barron was not black. Barron died from his injuries after laying comatose in the hospital for four days.

Bell has been charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of both Barron and Davis.

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