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Oct 18, 2013

Burton Caliz gets off of manslaughter charge with a fine

Burton Caliz

Another police officer who found himself on the wrong end of the law in 2004 has been spared from additional jail time when he appeared in the Supreme Court.  Thirty-year old Burton Caliz, who has been on interdiction since the shooting death of a San Pedro resident Leroy Pilgrim nine years ago, appeared before Justice Troadio Gonzalez today where he learned his fate.  On Monday, September thirtieth, a jury of nine, following an initial hung jury, found Caliz guilty of the alternative charge of manslaughter by negligence. After more than two weeks of anticipation Caliz was fined three thousand dollars instead of being imposed a custodial sentence of five years.  Before handing down his decision Justice Gonzalez recommended that Caliz be reinstated.  The fine was ordered to be paid by January twenty-fourth, 2014.  Pilgrim was shot once to the back of the head during a struggle with Caliz which resulted in a firearm accidentally being discharged.  PC Caliz was initially charged with manslaughter and later upgraded to murder.  He served fourteen months on remand before being found guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to ten years in prison.  Upon appeal his conviction and sentence were quashed and a retrial was ordered.

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1 Response for “Burton Caliz gets off of manslaughter charge with a fine”

  1. Al Rich says:

    How can a person be shot in the back of the head during a struggle. Did a jury actually decided this case. This is why the government can hoodwink you all. My people cannot discern properly. Their thinking is so strange until the same thing happen in their family then they scream for justice. some one is shot in the back of the head means that their back was turned to the killer.

    Then the shocking thing he is to be reinstated. I see another accidental killing in this man’s future, and he will do it in the name of the law, nice and legal.

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