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Johnny Jose Perez, 40, and Javier Tovar, 34, who are Orange County Jail inmates, were convicted on Tuesday of beating up another man, David Montoya, while they were in custody.

Perez and Tovar were convicted of felony charges including mayhem and assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury. A sentencing enhancement for great bodily injury to the victim was also confirmed by the jury. However attempted murder charges were dismissed on March 30.

Tovar was sentenced to 11 more years in prison Tuesday. However he was given credit for 1,200 days (just over three years) in custody.

Perez won’t be sentenced until April 24.

Another co-defendant, Francisco Javier Amaya, 38, pleaded guilty on March 3 and he was then sentenced to 10 more years in prison while another co-defendant, Gabriel Marcos Guerrero, 23, is still awaiting trial.

Montoya was allegedly beaten by the charged inmates on Oct. 13, 2019, while he was in custody at the Theo Lacy Jail, in Orange.

Tovar previously pleaded guilty in August of 2007 to felony charges including assault with a weapon on a peace officer or firefighter, leading police on a chase, car theft, buying or receiving stolen vehicle or equipment, being a convicted person possessing a gun while on probation, possession of a firearm in a school zone and unlawful possession of a concealed firearm in a vehicle.

By Editor

The New Santa Ana blog has been covering news, events and politics in Santa Ana since 2009.

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