Dumbass Arkansas State Prison Guard Hassled Convicted Murderer Over Shoes – Ended Up Dead

January 20, 2012

LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS – A convicted murderer stabbed a female guard to death at an east Arkansas prison Friday while she was investigating whether he had an unauthorized pair of shoes, a prison spokeswoman said.

Sgt. Barbara Ester, 47, was stabbed in the side, abdomen and chest at about 12:30 p.m., said Shea Wilson, a spokeswoman for the Arkansas Department of Correction. Ester died about 3 p.m. at a hospital in Memphis, Tenn., about 40 miles away.

Ester, a 12-year veteran of the correction department, was a property officer who investigated whether inmates had contraband items. Wilson said the guard had received a report that Johnson had a pair of contraband shoes.

“This is obviously very difficult for the department when something tragic like this happens,” Wilson said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Sgt. Ester’s family. These officers — it’s a tight-knit workplace. They look out for each other and are there together for a lot of hours of the day, so this is very difficult for everyone.”

Wilson said the prison was locked down after the attack and that the inmate, Latavious Johnson, was being moved to the state’s maximum-security unit at Varner. She said all the other inmates have been accounted for.

Johnson, 30, was serving a life sentence for first-degree murder out of Jefferson County. He was sentenced in 2000 for killing his father. Prosecutors said Johnson was 18 at the time of the crime.

Wilson said Johnson had had several disciplinary infractions, including one this week for not obeying orders, but hadn’t previously attacked a guard.

“We will move him to the supermax (prison) so he will be out of that environment … He needed to be out of that environment,” Wilson said.

Arkansas State Police and the prison’s internal affairs staff were investigating the stabbing. Wilson said authorities would turn over their information to prosecutors, who will determine whether to file charges against the inmate.

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Former Bergin Correctional Institution Deputy Warden Neal Kearney Sentenced To 30 Months In Connecticut Prison After Sexually Abusing A Male Inmate For Years

October 9, 2011

VERNON, CONNECTICUT –  A former deputy warden at a Connecticut prison has been sentenced to 30 months in prison for sexually assaulting an inmate in 2008.

Fifty-year-old Neal Kearney of Bloomfield, who also was once the cheerleading coach at the University of Connecticut, had pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree sexual assault last month.

The inmate told police that Kearney abused him for years at the Bergin Correctional Institution in Mansfield and coerced him into having sex after he was released from prison. Officials say the inmate had hidden evidence in the case in the prison, included a rubber glove containing Kearney’s DNA.

Kearney also was ordered to register as a sex offender after he is released.

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8 Pennsylvania Prison Guards Suspended Admid Investigation Into Secret Vigilante Group That Targeted Imprisoned Sex Offenders

May 4, 2011

PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA – Sources tell KDKA Investigator Marty Griffin eight prison guards who’ve been suspended from Western Penitentiary made up a secret vigilante group that dished out their own form of justice on convicted sex offenders.

Sources tell Griffin an Allegheny County grand jury is investigating a small group of corrections officers.

The officers are described as vigilantes who sought out Megan’s Law offenders and participated in a series of attacks against inmates – described as assaults – including the possible sexual assault of inmates using broom handles.

“No one wants to believe that that could happen,” Civil Rights attorney Tim O’Brien said. “So we don’t know what happened in this particular case. There are allegations. Those kinds of allegations unfortunately have been made before in other places and have been proven to be true.”

Sources indicate the grand jury investigation just started. Interviews with possible victims and corrections officers could take months. If there are charges, it could be June or July before they are filed.

Meantime, if true, O’Brien sees clear civil rights violations.

“The Eighth Amendment says a bar against cruel and unusual punishment. The Fourteenth Amendment prohibits arbitrary and conscious shocking behavior.

“If the allegations are true as reported, then both of those constitutional amendments are violated,” he said.

Sources close to this investigation are outraged by the allegations saying, “It’s disgusting that corrections officers are accused of committing the same crimes that inmates here are serving time for.”

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Former Pennsylvania Highway Patrol Officer Drexel Reid Sentenced To 30 Months In Federal Prison For $400,000 Insurance Fraud Scheme

April 26, 2011

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA – The U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania issued the following news release:

Drexel Reid, 39, of Philadelphia, was sentenced today to 30 months in prison for an insurance fraud scheme that cost insurance companies more than $450,000, announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger. Reid pleaded guilty on June 22, 2009, to eleven counts of mail fraud, one count of wire fraud, and one count of extortion under color of official right.

Reid was a Philadelphia Highway Patrol Officer at the time of the scheme. Between August 2003 and May 2007, Reid’s co-defendant, tow truck driver Jerry Blassengale, Jr., solicited people to be involved in staged or completely fictitious accidents and fictitious vandalism claims for purposes of submitting fraudulent insurance claims. Reid would create false police reports to send to insurance companies for which Blassengale paid him. Blassengale staged a total of 11 phony events for which claims were sent to the respective insurance companies.

In addition to the prison term, U.S. District Court Judge Michael M. Baylson ordered Reid to pay restitution in the amount of $211,709.22, a $1,300 special assessment, and to complete three years of supervised release.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Insurance Fraud Unit in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Anthony J. Wzorek.

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Former Laredo Texas Police Officer Orlando Jesus Hale Sentenced To Almost 25 Years In Federal Prison For Protecting Drug Shipments

April 26, 2011

LAREDO, TEXAS – A South Texas police officer convicted of conspiring to safely escort loads of smuggled cocaine through Laredo is going to prison.

A federal judge on Monday sentenced 28-year-old former Laredo Officer Orlando Jesus Hale to nearly 25 years behind bars.

A jury in September convicted Hale of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine, plus using a firearm to further drug trafficking, over 2008 crimes.

Investigators say Hale was nabbed in an undercover investigation involving his personal vehicle and a police-issued radio to monitor traffic to guide and protect loads of cocaine.

Hale resigned from the police force following his conviction.

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Fired Shreveport Louisiana Police Officer Morgan King Sentenced To 4 Years In Prison For Perjury

April 25, 2011

SHREVEPORT, LOUISIANA – A Shreveport police officer fired for running away from a situation where fellow officers had to shoot an armed man was sentenced Monday to four years in prison for lying on the witness stand about his actions.

Caddo prosecutors, who obtained a perjury conviction against Morgan King, said the false testimony was part of King’s efforts to make his actions look better and enhance his chances of getting his job back.

Caddo District Judge Mike Pitman imposed sentence Monday morning and ordered King immediately taken into custody. He set bond at $100,000 if King wants to appeal his sentence.

King was fired over his actions that night. Video from the police car of an officer involved in the May 2006 shooting shows King delay arriving at the scene, then walk by the wounded man and the two fellow officers before running back to his patrol car and leaving.

Raymond Darnell was shot by police after he shot and wounded his girlfriend in front of officer. They in turn shot him.

The false testimony came during a hearing in which Darnell, who was convicted of attempted murder, sought a new trial, Assistant District Attorney Brady O’Callaghan said.

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California’s Incarcerated Criminal Illegal Aliens Jumps 17 Percent To 102,795 – States Spend $1.1 Billion Per Year To Lock Them Up

April 21, 2011

CALIFORNIA – The number of criminal aliens incarcerated in California rose to 102,795 in 2009, a 17 percent increase since 2003, federal auditors reported Thursday.

This isn’t cheap. Nationwide, the Government Accountability Office reports, it costs well over $1.1 billion a year for states to imprison criminal aliens — those who committed a crime after entering the United States illegally. California, moreover, is more expensive than other states. GAO auditors estimated California spends $34,000 to incarcerate a criminal alien for one year; in Texas, it’s only $12,000.

The audit, requested by Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-San Jose, will provide ammunition for states’ perennial effort to secure more federal reimbursement dollars.

More than one in four of the illegal immigrants imprisoned in California are behind bars for drug offenses. Many are also repeat offenders. GAO auditors say that, based on a survey, criminal alien inmates have been arrested an average of seven different times.

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