3 RivCo inmates ID’d in beating death of fellow inmate

BANNING, Calif. — Authorities investigating the Sept. 8 beating death of an inmate at Banning’s Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility say three inmates have been identified as participating in the man’s murder.

The inmate killed in the attack, since identified as Rosendo Echevarria, 29, of Cathedral City, was facing multiple charges related to sex crimes against children from a case dating back to 2013. He had just been transported to Riverside County from Porterville Developmental Center, which houses people with developmental and intellectual disabilities, by court order and was due to appear in court the day after his murder.

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Deputies began investigating the deadly incident around 9:30 p.m., after finding Echevarria “suffering from injuries sustained during an attack by other inmates,” Riverside Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit Sgt. Rick Espinoza previously said of the fatal attack.

“Deputies and facility medical staff attempted life saving measures but ultimately determined the male was deceased,” Espinoza explained.

Members of the Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit who responded to the facility and assumed the investigation have since identified three inmates as being involved in the deadly attack.

“The suspects in this case were identified as Aaron Aubrey 26 years old out of Riverside, Jason Barton, 43 years old out of Moreno Valley, and Richard Hampton 37 years old out of Moreno Valley,” Espinoza said in an updated press release. “All three are currently in custody on other cases and pending additional charges reference this homicide.”

Online jail records indicate the three men accused in the attack were facing various charges ranging from multiple counts of first-degree murder and attempted murder, kidnapping, false imprisonment, sodomy, assault with a deadly weapon, arson, and countless others.

Superior Court records also indicate all three men had extensive criminal and state prison backgrounds.

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Echevarria’s charges included six felony counts, including three counts of engaging in oral copulation or sexual penetration of a child under 10 years old, two counts of committing lewd acts on a child under 14 years old and one count of engaging in sexual intercourse with a child under 10 years old.

No further information has been released and officials say their investigation is continuing.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact Central Homicide Investigator Munoz at (951) 235-9833 or (760) 770-2452. Callers can refer to incident file number BC202520003 and can remain anonymous.


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Trevor Montgomery, 49, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, (the now defunct) Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; as well as Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County and Mountain Echo in Shasta County.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 30 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 18 grandchildren.

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