Two correctional officers with the Salinas Valley State Prison in Monterey County have been charged with voluntary manslaughter in connection with a bar fight that resulted in the death of Alvaro Jaramillo Medrano.
On Sept. 18, San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s deputies issued arrest warrants for 35-year-old Sergio Aranda of Salinas and 36-year-old Travis Woolf of San Miguel. Both men are correctional officers with the prison.
Medrano was found unconscious when Sheriff’s deputies responded to a Sept. 7 call reporting a fight between two groups in front of the Elkhorn Bar in San Miguel. He was later transported to a hospital and pronounced dead.
The SLO County District Attorney filed charges of voluntary manslaughter, a felony, against both Aranda and Woolf. According to the criminal complaints, Aranda and Woolf are alleged to have killed Medrano “upon a sudden quarrel and heat of passion.”
Both men are currently out on $100,000 bail each. As of press time, neither suspect had listed an attorney, according to local court records. New Times was unable to obtain phone numbers for either suspect. Both are scheduled to be arraigned in SLO County Superior Court on Oct. 2.
Aranda and Woolf were placed on paid administrative leave from their jobs at the prison.
The results of Medrano’s coroner’s report weren’t available as of press time.