Mar 22, 2014 8:23 PM
A Yuba County Sheriff’s deputy is put on paid administrative leave after allegedly beating an unconscious man in Chico.
31-year-old Nelson Magana was arrested on suspicion of battery with serious bodily injury and dissuading a witness or victim by threat or force, according to the Butte County District Attorney’s Office.
Magana was visiting Chico for St. Patrick’s Day, when he was allegedly involved in a fight with a man in the bathroom below the Crush Restaurant.
Magana was intoxicated way over the driving legal amount, Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey said.
Police say Magana left the area and that is when a witness followed him while calling 9-1-1. Magana saw the witness and threaten the reporting party.
The district attorney’s office is reviewing the case and have not filed any charges until the investigation is complete.
“Law enforcement is and should be held to a much higher standard and if these allegations are true and that’s what we’re investigating before we file charges,” Ramsey said.
This case obviously fell way below the expectation of the public and law enforcement, he said.
Magana has posted bail and is scheduled to appear in the Butte County Superior Court on April 11.
If the deputy is convicted on both charges, he could be sentenced to seven years in prison.