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Santa Barbara County Man Convicted Of Voluntary Manslaughter Following Fatal Confrontation

Bill Oxford
A Santa Barbara County man has been convicted of voluntary manslaughter in the death of a person trying to break up a confrontation.

The Carpinteria man could face up to 27 years in prison.

A man could spend more than two decades in prison after being convicted of voluntary manslaughter for the death of someone who was trying to stop a fight in Santa Barbara County.

It happened in July of 2019, in Carpinteria. Prosecutors say there was a confrontation involving a group of people and Eric Romero tried to intervene.

They say Scott Robert Fleming attacked Romero, knocking him down. The 32-year-old man hit his head on the ground and later died.

Fleming fled the scene, but was later arrested in Ventura County. The Carpinteria man could face up to 27 years in state prison when he’s sentenced in October.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.