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    A San Quentin prison guard and two others were charged in federal court Wednesday in a scheme to smuggle cellphones to death row inmates, officials said. Keith Christopher, 37, of Pittsburg, appeared in federal court in San Francisco on a charge of conspiracy to commit honest services fraud using interstate wires. He was accompanied by Isaiah Wells, 32, of Tracy, authorities said. They did not enter pleas. A third co-defendant, 45-year-old Tanisa Smith-Symes of Las Vegas, was arrested there and is slated to appear before a magistrate in a federal court Thursday. The complaint alleges that Christopher and the two others smuggled 25 cellphones into the prison’s East Block, where inmates who received the death penalty are held. Cellphones have long been a security issue in California’s prisons, and inmates are not allowed to have them. California Prison guard’s COVID death resulted from transfer of infected inmates, family alleges San Quentin guard Gilbert Polanco died after a bus with 121 inmates from outbreak-ridden Chino prison arrived at San Quentin, lawsuit alleges. Prosecutors say that Smith-Symes worked...
    Huntsville, Texas —  A Texas death row inmate won a reprieve from execution Wednesday evening for killing a convenience store worker during a 2004 robbery that garnered $1.25, after claiming the state was violating his religious freedom by not letting his pastor lay hands on him at the time of his lethal injection. The U.S. Supreme Court blocked John Henry Ramirez's execution about three hours after he could have been executed. He is condemned for fatally stabbing 46-year-old Pablo Castro, who worked at the Corpus Christi convenience store. Ramirez was in a small holding cell a few feet from the Texas death chamber at the Huntsville Unit prison when he was told of the reprieve by Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesman Jason Clark. "He was quiet when I let him know," Clark said. "He shook his head and said: 'Thank you very much. God bless you.'" Texas death-row inmate John Henry Ramirez in February 2009 file photo. Texas Department of Criminal Justice via AP In its brief order, the court directed its clerk to establish...
    Huntsville, Texas —  A Texas death row inmate won a reprieve from execution Wednesday evening for killing a convenience store worker during a 2004 robbery that garnered $1.25, after claiming the state was violating his religious freedom by not letting his pastor lay hands on him at the time of his lethal injection. The U.S. Supreme Court blocked John Henry Ramirez's execution about three hours after he could have been executed. He is condemned for fatally stabbing 46-year-old Pablo Castro, who worked at the Corpus Christi convenience store. Ramirez was in a small holding cell a few feet from the Texas death chamber at the Huntsville Unit prison when he was told of the reprieve by Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesman Jason Clark. "He was quiet when I let him know," Clark said. "He shook his head and said: 'Thank you very much. God bless you.'" In its brief order, the court directed its clerk to establish a briefing schedule so Ramirez's case could be argued in October or November. Prosecutors say Ramirez...
    A Texas death row inmate won a reprieve Wednesday evening from execution for killing a convenience store worker during a 2004 robbery that garnered $1.25 after claiming the state was violating his religious freedom by not letting his pastor lay hands on him at the time of his lethal injection. The U.S. Supreme Court blocked John Henry Ramirez’s execution about three hours after he could have been executed. He is condemned for fatally stabbing 46-year-old Pablo Castro, who worked at a Corpus Christi convenience store. Ramirez was in a small holding cell a few feet from the Texas death chamber at the Huntsville Unit prison when he was told of the reprieve by Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesman Jason Clark. HARRIS ACCUSES TEXAS GOV. ABBOTT OF ‘ARROGANTLY’ DISMISSING RAPE VICTIMS This undated photo provided by The Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows John Henry Ramirez. Ramirez, a Texas death row inmate set to be executed Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2020, for killing a convenience store worker more than 17 years earlier in a robbery that garnered $1.25, is...
    HUNTSVILLE, Texas (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — A Texas death row inmate won a reprieve Wednesday evening, Sept. 8, from execution for killing a convenience store worker during a 2004 robbery that garnered $1.25 after claiming the state was violating his religious freedom by not letting his pastor lay hands on him at the time of his lethal injection. The U.S. Supreme Court blocked John Henry Ramirez’s execution about three hours after he could have been executed. READ MORE: ‘This Is Unprecedented: Texas Home School Coalition Inquiries Triple Since Last Year He is condemned for fatally stabbing 46-year-old Pablo Castro, who worked at a Corpus Christi convenience store. John Henry Ramirez (credit: TDCJ) Prosecutors say Ramirez stabbed Castro 29 times during a series of robberies in which the inmate and two women sought money following a three-day drug binge. Ramirez fled to Mexico but was arrested 3½ years later. Seth Kretzer, Ramirez’s lawyer, had argued the Texas Department of Criminal Justice was violating the death row inmate’s First Amendment rights to practice his religion by denying his request to have his pastor touch...
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP/CBS13) — A San Quentin State Prison prison guard and two others have been charged with a scheme to smuggle contraband cell phones into California’s death row, authorities said Wednesday. Keith Christopher, a 37-year-old corrections officer at San Quentin, is charged with conspiracy to commit honest services fraud using interstate wires, the U.S. attorney’s office said in a statement. READ MORE: More Victims Come Forward Against Accused Serial Rapist Joseph Pineda Pimentel A judge in San Francisco on Wednesday appointed a public defender to represent Christopher and released him on $50,000 bond, prosecutors said. Isaiah Wells, from Tracy, Calif., and Tanisa Smith-Symes of Las Vegas, Nevada face the same charges. Wells also was released on bond Wednesday while Smith-Symes had a scheduled court hearing Thursday in Las Vegas. READ MORE: September Sizzle: Are Sacramento Summers Getting Hotter and Longer? It wasn’t immediately clear whether they had attorneys to speak for them. Federal prosecutors say that the three conspired to smuggle 25 cell phones into the prison’s East Block, where condemned inmates are housed. Authorities allege that Smith-Symes had...
    SAN QUENTIN (CBS SF) — A San Quentin State Prison guard and two other suspects are being charged with attempting to smuggle cell phones into the prison’s Death Row, according to Department of Justice officials. A press release issued Wednesday by the Department of Justice detailed the scheme. According to authorities, 37-year-old Pittsburg Keith Christopher — who works as a corrections officer at San Quentin — and 32-year-old Tracy resident Isaiah Wells appeared in federal court Wednesday to face the charge of conspiracy to commit honest services fraud using interstate wires. READ MORE: UPDATE: Flex Alert Extended Into Thursday Due to Hot Weather Across California According to acting United States Attorney Stephanie M. Hinds and Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge Craig D. Fair, a third co-defendant, 45-year-old Las Vegas resident Tanisa Smith-Symes was arrested Wednesday in Las Vegas and is scheduled to appear in federal court there Thursday. According to the complaint filed by authorities, the trio worked together to smuggle cell phones into San Quentin State Prison’s East Block, where condemned inmates are housed. According to...
    The family of an inmate who died after pepper spray was used on him at a state prison in 2019 will receive an $8.5 million settlement -- the largest settlement for a state prison death in Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections filed the agreement for Tyrone Briggs' family on Tuesday, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.  Briggs -- who had asthma -- was arrested at 15 years old for raping a girl two years his junior at gunpoint.  He was facing up to 30 years in the State Correctional Institution at Mahanoy, when a corrections officer tried to break up a fight and sprayed prolonged streams of pepper spray at Briggs' face, authorities previously said. Click here for the full report by the Philadelphia Inquirer.
    A Texas death row inmate set to be executed Wednesday for killing a convenience store worker more than 17 years ago in a robbery that garnered $1.25 is asking that his pastor be allowed to lay hands on him as he dies by lethal injection. The request by John Henry Ramirez, 37, is the latest clash between death row inmates and prison officials in Texas and other states over the presence of spiritual advisers in the death chamber. Ramirez was condemned for the 2004 killing of 46-year-old Pablo Castro as he took out the trash from a Corpus Christi convenience store. Prosecutors say Ramirez stabbed Castro 29 times during a series of robberies in which the inmate and two women sought money following a three-day drug binge. Ramirez fled to Mexico but was arrested 3½ years later. He is set to be executed Wednesday evening at the state penitentiary in Huntsville. Ramirez’s request to have his spiritual adviser touch him and vocalize prayers when he is executed has been turned down by Texas prison officials, who have argued that direct...
    MICHAEL K Williams' heartbroken nephew described the late actor as an "amazing uncle" who supported him during his two decades in prison. Dominic Dupont said Williams was "instrumental" in helping him get through his 20-year prison term. 4Michael K Williams with his nephew Dominic Dupont, who praised the actor following his shock deathCredit: Getty 4A tribute to Williams outside his Brooklyn homeCredit: Lauren Fruen / The Sun Speaking outside his uncle's high-rise Brooklyn apartment, Dupont said Williams "would work really hard to be a mentor to me and encourage me to stay focused on the important things". Dupont spent two decades in prison after being convicted of murder at 19 over the death of a man during a fight to protect his twin brother. He was given a prison sentence of 25-to-life but had the last five years commuted by then-Governor Andrew Cuomo in 2017. The adored star used his personal ties to the prison system for his 2016 role as Rikers Island inmate Freddy Knight in HBO's "The Night Of," which he received his second of five Emmy nominations...
    HOUSTON (AP) — A Texas death row inmate set to be executed Wednesday for killing a convenience store worker more than 17 years ago in a robbery that garnered $1.25 is asking that his pastor be allowed to lay hands on him as he dies by lethal injection. The request by John Henry Ramirez, 37, is the latest clash between death row inmates and prison officials in Texas and other states over the presence of spiritual advisers in the death chamber. Ramirez was condemned for the 2004 killing of 46-year-old Pablo Castro as he took out the trash from a Corpus Christi convenience store. Prosecutors say Ramirez stabbed Castro 29 times during a series of robberies in which the inmate and two women sought money following a three-day drug binge. Ramirez fled to Mexico but was arrested 3½ years later. He is set to be executed Wednesday evening at the state penitentiary in Huntsville. Ramirez’s request to have his spiritual adviser touch him and vocalize prayers when he is executed has been turned down by Texas prison officials,...
    A federal judge has thrown out the death sentence for a man convicted in the 2003 slaying of a North Dakota college student. Judge Ralph Erickson ruled Friday that misleading testimony from a medical examiner and limitations on mental health evidence had violated Alfonso Rodriguez Jr.'s constitutional rights. He ordered a new sentencing phase be conducted. Rodriguez has been on death row at a federal prison for nearly two decades in the death of Dru Sjodin, a Minnesota woman who was abducted from a Grand Forks mall parking lot in November 2003. In this Dec. 3, 2003 file photo, Alfonso Rodriguez Jr., left, is helped into a sheriff's car after waiving extradition at the Polk County Courthouse in Crookston, Minnesota. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt File) NAVY VET CONVICTED IN GRUESOME KILLING OF 4 IN NORTH DAKOTA Rodriguez, a sex offender, was arrested the following month. Despite several massive searches, Sjodin's body wasn't found until the following April near Crookston, Minnesota. The abduction and slaying of Sjodin prompted a dramatic shift in the way Minnesota handles convicted sex offenders, leading...
    WASHINGTON -- An inmate who was transferred to one of the most secure federal prison facilities in the U.S. was stabbed to death within hours of arriving, raising fresh questions about the government's ability to keep prisoners safe amid severe understaffing and a myriad of crises plaguing the federal prison system.Stephen Dwayne Cannada was killed in an altercation with a fellow inmate the same day he arrived at USP Terre Haute, a high-security prison in Indiana, two people familiar with the matter told The Associated Press. The 47-year-old was stabbed repeatedly by a fellow inmate, according to the people, who could not discuss the investigation publicly and spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity.It is the latest serious security issue for the federal Bureau of Prisons, which has long been plagued by violence, misconduct and staffing shortages. His death comes a little more than a week after another inmate at the same prison, Michael Rudkin, was beaten to death in an altercation with a fellow prisoner.Rudkin was a former Bureau of Prisons officer who was serving time behind bars...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — An inmate who was transferred to one of the most secure federal prison facilities in the U.S. was stabbed to death within hours of arriving, raising fresh questions about the government’s ability to keep prisoners safe amid severe understaffing and a myriad of crises plaguing the federal prison system. Stephen Dwayne Cannada was killed in an altercation with a fellow inmate the same day he arrived at USP Terre Haute, a high-security prison in Indiana, two people familiar with the matter told The Associated Press. The 47-year-old was stabbed repeatedly by a fellow inmate, according to the people, who could not discuss the investigation publicly and spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity. It is the latest serious security issue for the federal Bureau of Prisons, which has long been plagued by violence, misconduct and staffing shortages. His death comes a little more than a week after another inmate at the same prison, Michael Rudkin, was beaten to death in an altercation with a fellow prisoner. Cannada was found unresponsive inside the Terre Haute prison around...
    Getty Actress Tammy Faye Bakker pose for a photograph at the Outfest 2005 panel for "Tammy Faye: Death Defying" at the Directors Guild on July 16, 2005 in Hollywood, California. Tammy Faye Bakker, a televangelist and ex-wife of Jim Bakker, died from colon cancer in 2007 at age 65. Her death followed a lengthy battle with cancer. She was also known as Tammy Faye Messner following her divorce from Jim Bakker and marriage to Roe Messner. The Bakkers lost their financial empire after Jim Bakker’s indictment in 1988 of eight counts of mail fraud, 15 counts of wire fraud and one count of conspiracy, ABC News reported. A jury found him guilty of all 24 counts. He was sentenced to 45 years in prison and ordered to pay a $500,000 fine. He was granted a sentence reduction and paroled after serving about 5 years of his sentence, ABC reported. Tammy Faye Bakker filed for divorce following his conviction and married Roe Messner. She was not indicted. Jim Bakker went back to TV after he was released from prison,...
    The man convicted in the 2018 death of Mollie Tibbetts, a University of Iowa student, was sentenced to life in prison Monday, three years after she disappeared while on an evening run.  Judge Joel Yates sentenced Cristhian Bahena Rivera to life without the possibility of parole, the mandatory sentence for first-degree murder in Iowa, which does not have the death penalty. The 27-year-old former farmhand, who testified that he came to the U.S. illegally from Mexico as a teenager, has been jailed since his arrest in August 2018. This is a developing story. Check back for more details. The Associated Press contributed to this report. 
    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Man sentenced to life in prison without parole in the 2018 stabbing death of University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s correctional agency has terminated seven employees after officials say prison guards used excessive and unjustified force against a Black inmate before he died in custody in February. The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation & Correction sent a notice of removal to five corrections officers, a supervisor and a licensed nurse following an investigation into the in-custody death of 55-year-old Michael McDaniel. The Franklin County Coroner’s office had declared McDaniel’s death a homicide and ruled the cause as a “stress-induced sudden cardiac death.” Officials say three other staff involved in the incident previously resigned. A county prosecutor will make a decision on whether to file any criminal charges. (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
    Find a Grave Michele MacNeil./Dr. Martin MacNeill and his wife, Michele MacNeill. Martin MacNeill died by suicide in prison, where he was serving time for the murder of his wife, Michele MacNeill. Investigators initially believed the death of his wife in 2007 was due to a heart condition, but further investigation revealed he was carrying on an affair with Gypsy Willis, and married her on the day of his wife’s funeral. His daughters fought for justice in the case, and he was convicted of murder and obstruction of justice in 2013. ABC 20/20 is revisiting the case in an encore episode, “The Perfect Nanny.” It airs Friday, August 27, 2021 at 9 p.m. Eastern time. Here’s what you need to know:Martin MacNeill Died By Suicide in Prison When He Was Assigned to Work in a GreenhouseMartin MacNeill was 60 years old when he was found dead in the yard of a Utah state prison April 9, 2017, after serving only about four years of his life sentence in prison, according to the Deseret News. The suicide came after...
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s correctional agency terminated seven employees Friday after officials say prison guards used excessive and unjustified force against a Black inmate before he died in custody in February. The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation & Correction sent a notice of removal to five corrections officers, a supervisor and a licensed nurse following an investigation into the in-custody death of 55-year-old Michael McDaniel. Security footage released by the agency in July showed McDaniel collapsing on his own and being taken down to the floor by prison guards at least 16 times before he died at the Correctional Reception Center in Orient, a Columbus suburb, on Feb. 6. “We’re responsible for what happened in that video,” director Annette Chambers-Smith told reporters in July, after releasing surveillance footage of the incident. “There is no question about that.” One of the officers involved, Heath Causey, is accused in the records released Friday of performing a “take-down” of McDaniel while the inmate was being escorted outside without shoes and a coat and while wearing a ripped white t-shirt, “causing his body to...
    LONDON, Ky. (AP) — A man pardoned by Kentucky’s former governor for a 2014 drug robbery killing has been convicted for the same slaying in federal court after a two-week trial. Federal prosecutors brought charges against Patrick Baker after he was released from prison when former Gov. Matt Bevin pardoned him on his way out of office in 2019. Baker’s family had political connections to Bevin, including hosting a fundraiser for the one-term governor. A federal jury in eastern Kentucky returned a murder conviction against Baker, 43, on Wednesday, after several hours of deliberation, according to media reports. U.S. District Judge Claria Horn Boom will sentence Baker on Dec. 21. Prosecutors declined to seek the death penalty. Baker was convicted of reckless homicide in Donald Mills’ death in state court in 2017. He was sentenced to 19 years in prison, but Bevin’s pardon released him and erased the conviction. Federal prosecutors said Baker was prosecuted the second time under the “dual sovereignty doctrine,” which allows state and federal officials to prosecute the same defendant for the same actions...
    A La Habra woman who dropped her infant son to his death from a Children’s Hospital of Orange County parking structure was suffering from postpartum psychosis, blamed herself for the boy’s medical issues and falsely believed his condition could never improve, a defense attorney told jurors on Tuesday, Aug. 24. Two weeks after Sonia Hermosillo, 41, was found guilty of murder — and 10 years to the day since 7-month-old Noe Medina Jr. was pronounced dead — a Santa Ana jury returned to Orange County Superior Court for the beginning of the sanity phase of the mother’s trial, which will determine whether she is sent to a state hospital or a state prison. Hermosillo, on Aug. 22, 2011, drove to the parking structure in Orange and dropped her son from the building. The boy died two days later. During a police interview, Hermosillo told investigators that she had “hate, resentment and anger” toward the boy “because he’s sick.” On Tuesday, defense attorney Jacqueline Goodman told jurors that in the months after Noe’s birth, Hermosillo abruptly changed from an outgoing, bubbly,...
    MARIN COUNTY (BCN) — The family of a San Quentin State Prison guard who died from COVID-19 after an outbreak among inmates and staff last year filed a federal civil rights lawsuit Tuesday against the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. The suit alleges that 55-year-old Sgt. Gilbert Polanco died because high-level CDCR officials disastrously botched their pandemic response on multiple levels. READ MORE: NorCal Couple Pleads Guilty To Forced Labor Of Guatemalan Family At the center of the suit is the decision by prison officials to transfer 122 inmates from the California Institute for Men in Chino to San Quentin on May 30, 2020, almost a month after Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered a temporary halt to the intake of inmates at all state facilities over fears about spreading the virus. Prior to the new inmates’ arrival, San Quentin had no COVID cases, while Chino had more than 600 with nine deaths, according to the suit. “That kicked off a wildfire of COVID in (San Quentin) and it was catastrophic,” said Julia Sherwin, a lawyer representing the Polanco family....
    The family of a San Quentin prison guard who died of COVID-19 claim in a recently filed lawsuit that his death, along with 28 others, resulted from the botched transfer of infected inmates from a Southern California prison in May 2020. Correctional Sgt. Gilbert Polanco, a 55-year-old father of two, died less than three months after a bus, dubbed “the beast” by San Quentin inmates, arrived at the prison with 121 inmates from the outbreak-ridden California Institution for Men at Chino, according to the federal lawsuit filed against the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR). More than 2,200 inmates and 490 staff at San Quentin would be infected in what a state inspector general called “a public health disaster.” The inspector general concluded that state prison officials hastily transferred the infected inmates despite the warnings of frontline healthcare workers. The lawsuit is the first federal civil rights lawsuit filed against state officials on behalf of an affected family. It alleges that Polanco’s constitutional rights were violated, that the CDCR and the prison system healthcare service...
    SAN JOSE — The family of the San Quentin prison guard who died last summer from COVID-19 after a botched transfer of infected inmates from another prison filed a federal civil rights lawsuit Tuesday against state prison officials, blaming them for a “culture of callousness” that led to one of the largest outbreaks in the country and 29 deaths. “I want to hold people accountable and responsible, but mainly get justice for him,” said Patricia Polanco, the widow of 55-year-old Sgt. Gilbert Polanco, who died a year ago. Twenty-eight San Quentin inmates also perished after the May 2020 outbreak. The lawsuit comes six months after a scathing report from the state Office of the Inspector General found that the transfer of 122 inmates from a Chino prison by California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation was “deeply flawed.” Not only were inmates not tested for weeks before the transfer, but they were packed onto five buses and not quarantined once they arrived. The infection raced through the antiquated facility, which still uses open-air prison bars to separate cells. Before the transfer,...
    A VICTIM of serial baby killer Beverly Allitt fears the 'Angel of Death' could be freed from prison in weeks and "get her". The evil nurse injected one-year-old Kayley Asher with air which caused her lungs to collapse and triggered two cardiac arrests. 4Kayley Asher was left disabled after nurse Beverley Allitt tried to kill herCredit: Fame Flynet 4Allitt, dubbed the 'Angel of Death', could soon be releasedCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd Little Kayleigh almost died at the Grantham and Kesteven Hospital, Lincolnshire, in 1991, but was thankfully resuscitated. However, she suffered severe brain damage and has spent years checking under her bed and in her drawers for the twisted killer. Now, aged 31, Kayley is terrified Allitt, who was given 13 life sentences in 1993 for killing four babies and harming nine other children, could be released from behind bars, The Mirror reports. The 52-year-old is being held at a high-security psychiatric hospital but her minimum sentence tariff of 30 years expires in November. If she is deemed fit to transfer to a prison, she will...
    GREELEY, Colo. (CBS4) – A Greeley man was sentenced to the rest of his life in prison for the sexual assault and murder of a woman at his home in 2018. Jesus Romero was sentenced to a mandatory life sentence in the Colorado Department of Corrections on Thursday. Jesus Romero (credit: Weld County DA) Romero, 67, was convicted of first-degree homicide, criminally negligent homicide and sexual assault in the death of 58-year-old Edna Woodrum in his Greeley apartment. READ MORE: Gov. Jared Polis Comeback Tour Leads To Former Johnson And Wales Campus “He is a monster and shows in human form that evil does exist on this earth,” Jessica Bridgman, the victim’s daughter, told the court Thursday during the sentencing hearing. “The world needs to know evil can even be our next door neighbor and we must always be aware, at all times, no matter what.” READ MORE: Former President Trump Claims He Single-Handedly Made Decision To Move Space Command Out Of Colorado Bridgman said her mother’s “big heart” ultimately led to her death. “She believed everyone was good, gave...
    SAN QUENTIN (CBS SF/AP) — A convicted killer and reputed hitman for the Aryan Brotherhood on Death Row at San Quentin State Prison for 35 years has died of natural causes, correction officials said. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said 74-year-old Curtis Price died early Tuesday morning at the prison. The exact cause of death was to be determined by the Marin County Coroner’s Office. READ MORE: VTA Trainee Arrested In San Jose After Threatening To Shoot Up the Place Price was convicted of first-degree murder, robbery, and first-degree burglary in Humboldt County for the 1983 killing of Richard Barnes and Elizabeth Ann Hickey. Curtis Price (CDCR) Prosecutors said Barnes was shot in Los Angeles County because he was the father of Steven Barnes, another Aryan Brotherhood member who had testified against other gang members but was in protective custody. Hickey was beaten to death at a Humboldt County home from which guns had been stolen and who knew of Price’s involvement in the Barnes killing, authorities said. READ MORE: San Jose Reid-Hillview Airport To Close Because Of...
    SAN QUENTIN — A 74-year-old man died of yet-to-be-determined causes while serving a death sentence of two notorious murders that were attributed to his role as a hitman for the Aryan Brotherhood, authorities announced Tuesday. Curtis Floyd Price became the third California death row prisoner to die over the last month. A news release by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation says Price died of natural causes but doesn’t say if his death has been attributed to the recent spike of the COVID-19 delta variant that has hit San Quentin prison in recent weeks. “An exact cause of death will be determined by the Marin County Coroner,” the news release says. Price’s death was discovered a little before 2 a.m. Tuesday. Price was serving a 1986 death sentence for murdering Richard Barnes, a Los Angeles resident whose son, Steven Barnes, had dropped out of the Aryan Brotherhood and agreed to testify against its members. Steven Barnes was in witness protection, so the notorious prison gang settled for murdering his father. After the killing, Price murdered Elizabeth Hickey, a Humboldt...
    Last august 10 the list of dead prisoners in jail Rikers Island so far in 2021 increased to 7 cases, after reporting the death of Brandon Rodríguez, 25. The young man, who had barely been in prison for a week, was found dead in his cell, in the middle of what critics of the infamous prison qualify as one more example of the humanitarian crisis, low personnel, mismanagement and violation of the human rights of the inmates that governs the penitentiary, for which they demand that it be closed immediately, and not until 2027, as planned . New York political leaders, activists and advocates for inmates, joined together to make a call from different sectors so that the De Blasio Administration reconsider the program Rikers phasing out Island, what currently has 5,847 inmates, and they ask that the closure be ordered once, because violence there and the lack of care and protections are the order of the day. The intern Brandon Rodriguez he had been arrested on August 4 and was facing a misdemeanor charge of “criminal obstruction of...
    Facebook Walter Ogrod Walter Ogrod was 23 in July 1988 when his neighbor, four-year-old Barbara Jean Horn, was sexually assaulted and murdered in Philadelphia. In 1992, he confessed to the crime but during his 1993 trial his attorneys argued that the confession was coerced and that eye-witnesses saw a man that didn’t look like Ogrod at the scene, the Guardian reported. The trial ended in a mistrial as one juror did not agree with the other 11 to acquit. The second trial in 1996 ended in a conviction and death penalty sentence. In the years following the verdict, Ogrod continued to protest his innocence and Horn’s mother also said in a statement, according to the Guardian: There is no question in my mind that Mr Ogrod is innocent and that he should be released from prison immediately. My daughter is never coming home but I wanted justice for her, not simply a closed case with an innocent person in jail. Two families have already been destroyed. Keeping Mr Ogrod in prison does nothing to accomplish my goal of...
    A Texas death-row inmate has sued state prison officials to allow his pastor to lay hands on him as he dies from a lethal injection. John Henry Ramirez is seen in this file photo dated February 13, 2009. Texas Department of Criminal Justice via AP John Henry Ramirez, 37, is scheduled to be put to death in the Texas death chamber on September 8, but his attorneys said in a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday in Corpus Christi that state prison officials had denied his request to have his pastor lay hands on him as he dies. The lawsuit asked a federal judge to allow Dana Moore, pastor of the Second Baptist Church, a Corpus Christi congregation of about 200 worshippers, to be present in the death chamber at his execution and lay hands on him as Ramirez dies. The lawsuit states that Moore has ministered to Ramirez for five years. Officials of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, which operates the Texas state prison system, had no comment, said a department spokesman. The lawsuit cites a 2019 U.S. Supreme...
    The owner-operator of a day care in Stafford County, Virginia, has been convicted of involuntary manslaughter and child abuse, in the 2019 death of a 4-month-old boy. Teresa Council, 58, had been indicted on a charge of felony murder after the death of the infant. She entered an Alford plea Tuesday, as part of an agreement with prosecutors, who dropped the murder count, which could have carried a maximum of 40 years in prison. In an Alford plea, a defendant doesn’t not admit guilt, but acknowledges evidence would support a conviction. In accepting the plea, the judge declared Council guilty of the two counts. Each carries up to 10 years in prison. Prosecutors said the baby boy was dropped off by his father at the home day care, operated by Council and her daughter, on Nov. 12, 2019. That afternoon, 911 was called. First responders found the baby pale, not breathing and turning blue. An autopsy showed the boy died from brain trauma, likely from his head being violently shaken back and forth. Her lawyer has said Council was attempting...
    LONDON, Ky. (AP) — A convicted killer whose family had political connections to former Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin is back on trial for the 2014 killing that Bevin had pardoned him for shortly before leaving office. Patrick Baker was convicted of reckless homicide in Donald Mills’ death in state court in 2017. He was sentenced to 19 years in prison, but Bevin pardoned Baker in 2019 as part of a slew of pardons that drew rebuke from both Democrats and Republicans. Baker’s pardon was especially controversial, since Baker’s family had held a fundraiser for Bevin the year before, raising $21,500 for the Republican’s unsuccessful reelection campaign. Baker’s brother and sister-in-law also gave $4,000 to Bevin’s campaign on the day of the fundraiser, the Courier Journal reported. Baker now faces new federal charges in connection to Mills’ death, as authorities pointed to the “dual sovereignty doctrine,” which allows state and federal officials to prosecute the same defendant for the same actions without infringing on double jeopardy protections. In the trial’s opening arguments Tuesday, federal prosecutors said Baker killed Mills,...
    Cameron Herrin was sentenced to 24 years in prison after pleading guilty to vehicular homicide. TikTok 21-year-old Cameron Herrin was recently sentenced to 24 years in prison for vehicular homicide. A cult following has grown on Twitter and TikTok, offering their support to him.  Some believe he is "too cute" to spend so long incarcerated.  Business Insider: A daily selection of curated stories Loading Something is loading. Email address By clicking ‘Sign up’, you agree to receive marketing emails from Insider as well as other partner offers and accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. In 2018, a mother and daughter died after being hit by a car Cameron Herrin was driving. Herrin was sentenced to 24 years in prison in April after pleading guilty to vehicular homicide. Now, a cult following on TikTok is voicing its support for him. Jessica Reisinger-Raubenolt, 24, and her 20-month-old daughter Lillia were crossing the street on Bayshore Boulevard in Tampa, Florida, when they were struck by Herrin's car and died. Herrin was participating in a street race at the...
    An inmate in Washington state has been sentenced to an additional 25 years behind bars for murdering his cellmate, the convicted sex offender who raped his sister. “Shane Goldsby, 26, was sentenced this week after he beat to death his 70-year-old cellmate Robert Munger in June 2020. Munger was reportedly serving a 43-year prison sentence for his child sex crimes,” the New York Post reported Sunday. Man sentenced to 25 years for murdering sisters rapist in prison https://t.co/oBzzCWE1qq pic.twitter.com/197JOHWToe — New York Post (@nypost) August 8, 2021 Goldsby explained he snapped when Munger teased him regarding the details about the rape. “I had so much stuff going on in my head,” he said. “I wasn’t stable at that point. I wasn’t. I was getting to that point, because (Munger) kept wanting to give me details about what happened, what he did – about the photos and the videos of him doing this stuff. It was building up.” He reportedly asked for a different cellmate from the Washington Department of Corrections (DOC), whose policy prevented such living arrangements. The DOC said screeners...
    Shane Goldsby (left) killed his sister’s rapist. Photo: Kelso Police Department / Courtesy A troubled Washington state inmate He was assigned to the same cell as the criminal who raped his minor sister. The result was fatal, as he was beaten to death in one of the common areas of the jail. Shane goldsby was sentenced last week to another 24 years in prison for the murder of Robert Munger, a confessed child molester. Goldsy, 26, pleaded guilty to the 70-year-old criminal’s second-degree murder charges in June 2020. Munger was serving a 43-year sentence at the Airway Heights Correctional Facility on multiple counts of child sexual abuse and child pornography. Goldsby, transferred from another prison, he was assigned to his cell, without any of the administrators noticing that there was a conflict. Goldsby stated that he broke out after hearing Munger brag about his crimes, then he came up behind and attacked Munger, knocking him to the ground. He kicked and hit him in the face 14 times, then stepped on his head a...
    A Washington State inmate was sentenced to an additional 24 years for murdering his cellmate - a convicted child rapist who had abused his sister. Shane Goldsby, 26, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder charges, and was sentenced last week for beating his cellmate Robert Munger, 70, to death in June 2020.  Munger was serving a 43-year prison sentence at the Airway Heights Correctional facility on multiple child molestation and child pornography charges, when Goldsby was assigned to his cell. Goldsby said he snapped after hearing Munger brag about his crimes, and while in a prison common area, came up from behind and attacked Munger, knocking him to the ground, before punching and kicking him in the face 14 times and then stomping on his head another four times before walking away.  Munger died three days later from his injuries.  Shane Goldsby, 26, (left) was sentenced to an additional 24 years in prison after he beat his cellmate, Robert Munger, 70, to death upon discovering he had sexually assaulted his sister. Munger was serving a 43-year prison sentence for...
    SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A Texas jury on Friday began deliberating whether to sentence a man to life in prison or death for slaying a San Antonio police detective. Closing arguments were Friday morning in the sentencing phase of the trial of Otis McKane, whom a Bexar County jury found guilty of capital murder in the November 2016 shooting of Detective Benjamin Marconi. Prosecutors argued McKane was a sociopath who poses a danger to the community. McKane’s attorneys argued otherwise. As he was being taken to jail following the shooting, McKane told reporters that he “lashed out at someone who didn’t deserve it” because he was upset with the court system. McKane said he was angry because he had not been allowed to see his son during a custody battle. McKane attacked a bailiff on July 26 when jurors found him guilty after 25 minutes of deliberation. The same jury must decide if McKane goes to death row or remains in prison for life without parole. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published,...
    An Illinois man who beat his mother to death with a baseball bat after he mistakingly thought she was an intruder will serve probation and community service in exchange for a guilty plea.  Thomas Summerwill, 23, agreed to the deal for the March 2019 death of his mother, Mary Summerwill, the Kane County State's Attorney's office said, Fox-owned WFLD-TV reported. Under the terms of the agreement, he will serve four years of probation and perform 200 hours of community service.  "Thomas Summerwill must live with the fact that, accidental or not, he is responsible for his mother’s death," Kane County State’s Attorney Jamie Mosser said. "He will never again be able to hug her, seek advice from her, or tell her he loves her. He will never be able to introduce his children to their grandmother. That is a heavy burden." Summerwill was sentenced on July 28. Mosser said Mary Summerwill's loved ones did not wish to see her son prosecuted.  Thomas Summerwill, 23, has received probation and community service in the beating death of his mother, Mary...
    Convicted killer Daniel Wozniak has been moved out of San Quentin State Prison and into a lower-security prison, angering family members of the two people he murdered and leading local prosecutors to reach out to the victims of other killers who have been sentenced to death. District Attorney Todd Spitzer, in a July 28 letter to the families of Orange County victims of death row prisoners, warned that the prison-run “Condemned Inmate Transfer Pilot Program” is open to any condemned inmate who doesn’t have recent disciplinary issues, even those recently sentenced to death. Wozniak received his death sentence in 2016, six years after killing Samuel Herr and Juri “Julie” Kibuishi in an attempt to fund his 2010 wedding. Sam’s father, Steve Herr, said he learned about Wozniak’s change in accommodations not from prison officials, but instead from an acquaintance of Wozniak’s who runs the “Daniel Wozniak is my friend” blog. “It was a kick in the gut,” Steve Herr said. “It would have been nice for them to at least notify me… If I could, I would kill him myself....
    A Minneapolis woman was sentenced Tuesday to three years in prison for the unintentional fatal shooting of a 20-year-old St. Paul man in 2019. Markeia Felicity Carlvin, 21, pleaded guilty in April to accidentally shooting her friend Randy Davis, Jr., in the chest while playing with a gun at a party Aug. 19, 2019. Markeia Felicity Carlvin (Courtesy of the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office)  Her attorney, Patricia Hughes, asked for leniency because Carlvin is seven months pregnant, but Ramsey County District Court Judge Paul Yang denied the request. “Ms. Carlvin committed this act; she took the life of Mr. Davis and she left the scene,” Yang said. The shooting happened around 10:30 a.m. in the Payne-Phalen neighborhood on the 1000 block of Sims Avenue. Carlvin had rented the house for her birthday party. Davis and Carlvin were playing with two guns, taking photos, when at one point Carlvin, picked one up, pointed it at Davis and pulled the trigger. Davis was struck in the chest and was pronounced dead at Regions Hospital. Carlvin fled the house. Davis’ family members tearfully...
    The Florida man convicted of kidnapping, sexually assaulting and killing 11-year-old Carlie Brucia in 2004 has died in prison as he awaited a resentencing hearing that could have saved him from death row. Joseph Smith, 55, died in the custody of the Florida Department of Corrections on Monday, State Attorney Ed Brodsky said in a statement. Smith’s cause of death was not immediately provided. DEFENSE RESTS WITHOUT WITNESSES IN UBER RIDE MURDER TRIAL "While nothing can bring back Carlie, we are grateful that her family, her friends, and the entire Sarasota community will finally have closure and will not have to endure any further court proceedings to bring Smith to justice," Brodsky said. In this handout image provided by the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office, kidnap victim Carlie Brucia, 11-years-old, is shown in this undated image. ( Sarasota County Sheriff's Office via Getty Images) The case made national headlines after Smith was captured on surveillance footage grabbing Carlie by her arm and leading her away from Evie’s Car Wash in Sarasota on Feb. 1, 2004. Her body was found four...
    Convicted killer and rapist Joseph Smith, 55, died in a Florida prison on Monday. His cause of death is unknown A convicted child killer has died at a Florida prison 17 years after he kidnapped, raped, and murdered an 11-year-old-girl - and three years after his death sentence was vacated due to a legal loophole.  Joseph Smith, 55, died while in custody at Union Correctional Institution in Raiford, Florida on Monday while still waiting to be resentenced.  His cause of death is unknown.  Smith, then 39, was convicted in 2006 of the kidnapping, rape, and murder of 11-year-old Carlie Brucia.  The Florida State Attorney's Office released a statement saying, 'While nothing can bring back Carlie. we are grateful that her family, her friends, and the entire Sarasota community will finally have closure and will not have to endure any further court proceedings to bring Smith to justice.' Carlie's father Joe told FOX 13, 'I feel wonderful,' when he heard the news of Smith's passing. 'It's long overdue. The inept and corrupt criminal justice system could not get it done, so...
    A serial killer on death row in California died of natural causes at the age of 77 in the early hours of Saturday morning, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation announced.  Rodney James Alcala, who was known as "The Dating Game Killer" after appearing on the television show "The Dating Game" in 1978, has been suspected or linked to dozens of murders in California, Washington, New York, New Hampshire, Wyoming, and Arizona. He was originally arrested and sentenced to death in 1980 for murdering 12-year-old Robin Samsoe in 1979. The California Supreme Court reversed that sentence in 1984, but Alcala was sentenced to death again in 1986 after a second trial. Then in 2003, a federal appeals court overturned his sentence again, giving him another trial.  SUSPECTED SERIAL KILLER INDICTED ON 41 COUNTS AFTER ‘VICIOUS’ SPREE By this time, Alcala's DNA was matched to the murders of four other women and he was convicted on five counts of first-degree murder in 2010.  "You’re talking about a guy who is hunting through Southern California looking for people to kill because...
    Ohio Department of Corrections Anthony Sowell's last mugshot. Anthony Sowell, known as the Cleveland Strangler, was on death row in an Ohio prison for the murder of multiple women when he died in a hospital prison facility February 8, 2021, according to his prison records. The serial killer case began in October 2009 when law enforcement began investigating a rape case, according to Cleveland.com. Sowell had been free from prison for several years after serving 15 years for rape. When police responded to his house, they found two decomposing bodies on the third floor of the Mount Pleasant home and a freshly dug grave in the basement. Officials eventually found 10 corpses in the house and a skull in a bucket in the basement, the article said. Neighbors had often complained about a smell in the neighborhood but attributed it to Ray’s Sausages next door. Tonight on Oxygen, Snapped: Notorious digs into the case in its new episode, Notorious: The Cleveland Strangler. It airs at 9 p.m. Eastern time Saturday, July 24, 2021. Here’s what you need to...
    The first prison mugshots were released Saturday of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who was sentenced to 22 1/2 years in prison for the murder of George Floyd.  Chauvin, 45, is currently being held at Oak Park Heights Correctional Facility, which is about 30 miles east of the scene where he kneeled on Floyd's neck for roughly nine minutes on May 25 of last year.  DEREK CHAUVIN CLOSING IN ON PLEA DEAL FOR FEDERAL CIVIL RIGHTS CHARGES: REPORT Derek Chauvin, 45, was sentenced to 22 1/2 years in prison on June 25 for the murder of George Floyd.  (Minnesota Department of Corrections) Chauvin showed little emotion when he was sentenced on June 25 as his face was obscured by a mask, but he did briefly say he wants to give his "condolences to the Floyd family." His 22 1/2 year sentenced fell short of the 30 years requested by the state, but was more than the 12 1/2 years recommended under state guidelines. He could be paroled after serving two-thirds of his sentence with good behavior,...