PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. – A Florida jail is housing a 39-year-old man and his father who were both Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputies before getting into trouble with the law in separate cases, the Sun Sentinel reports.
The father, Carlton Nebergall Jr., 61, is awaiting trial in the Feb. 19 murder of his daughter’s estranged husband, according to the paper.
A jury convicted his son, Jason Nebergall, July 13 of trying to rape a woman while on duty in 2016.
They are both behind bars at the Palm Beach County Jail, the paper reported.
“It’s sadly and unfortunately coincidental,” defense attorney Michael Salnick told the paper. He represents both men and is working to get them released.
The Sun Sentinel reported that both men were veterans of the U.S. Army. The son was in Iraq for two tours.
The elder Nebergall served as a Palm Beach deputy for 27 years. He was recognized with a good conduct medal for 25 years of exemplary conduct in 2010, according to the paper. He retired from the agency in 2012, a year after his wife of 31 years, Sherry, died from cancer.
He is accused in the Feb. 19 shooting death of his son-in-law, outside Nebergall’s home in The Acreage. Salnick said the shooting was an act of self-defense.
His son became a Palm Beach deputy in 2013. He remains on unpaid leave following his conviction.
On July 13, a jury rejected his claim he was falsely accused. He was found guilty of attempted sexual battery while in possession of a weapon, and a misdemeanor battery count for touching the breasts of a 28-year-old woman near Greenacres.
After the younger Nebergall’s arrest, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Teri Barbera told reporters, “Unfortunately sometimes an employee makes a bad decision which leads to misconduct. The Sheriff’s Office will remain vigilant to insure that our efforts are professional and meet the high standards that the public has come to expect.”
The son met his accuser when he responded to a call for service.
Prosecutors said DNA evidence supported her attempted rape claim.
Carlton Nebergall is due in court on Thursday, for a hearing on his request to be released to house arrest with a GPS ankle monitor while awaiting his trial.
The younger Nebergall will be sentenced on Aug. 1, if the judge denies a request for a new trial. The charges are punishable by up to 16 years in prison, but his attorney will ask for his release to house arrest — not with his father — while an appeal is pending.
Father and son are not on the same cellblock. Not even close. Records show Carlton is at the West Detention Center in Belle Glade; Jason is at the main jail on Gun Club Road near West Palm Beach.