People v. Timothy Sean McNally
updated: Dec 11, 2013, 1:38 PM
Source: District Attorney
Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley announced today that 33
year-old Timothy McNally was sentenced to 25 years to life in state prison
having been convicted of murdering Gary Bent. On October 10, 2013, a Santa
Maria jury found McNally guilty of second degree murder with the special
allegation of personal use of a firearm. This was the second trial of McNally.
The first trial resulted in a hung jury.
On March 8, 2011, after several days of drinking and snorting "bath salts" in a
hotel room in Lompoc, McNally shot and killed Mr. Bent. Bath salts are a
designer drug that has central nervous stimulant effects similar to
Mr. Bent was a federal correctional officer from Victorville, California, who
was in Lompoc for training at the Lompoc Federal Prison. McNally was a federal
correctional officer assigned to the Lompoc Federal Prison.
District Attorney Dudley commended the Lompoc Police Department and Deputy
District Attorney Brandon Jebens for their work investigating and prosecuting
this tragic crime. Dudley stated, "The murder of Gary Bent was both tragic and
avoidable. Law enforcement officers are extensively trained in the safe
handling of firearms, but in this case that training was ignored and resulted in
the death of a fellow law enforcement officer."
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