Ex-warden pleads guilty in wife’s death

PASCAGOULA — Former Jackson County jail warden Randy McClendon has pleaded guilty to the Oct. 12, 2006, shooting death of his wife, Angelia McClendon, 41.

The 55-year-old Gautier resident was first charged with murder but pleaded guilty Monday to a reduced charge of manslaughter before Harrison County Circuit Judge Roger Clark, who was appointed to preside over the case.

In exchange for the plea, Special Prosecutor Lee Young recommended that McClendon serve 20 years in prison and pay a $5,000 fine.

McClendon is scheduled to return to court for sentencing on Oct. 21.

Clark has allowed McClendon to remain free on a $100,000 bond.

Neither McClendon nor relatives of the deceased could be reached for comment Wednesday.

McClendon was 53 when he shot and killed his wife, a longtime Jackson County court reporter, at their home on Cockleshell Road.

According to court records, McClendon said he shot his wife once.

After the shooting, those who knew the couple were shocked, saying the couple appeared to be happy.

McClendon’s attorney, Calvin Taylor, has said that his client had to call police in the past because of domestic problems.

Taylor at the time even suggested that McClendon had been the victim of spousal abuse, something the victim’s family has denied.

The shooting occurred after McClendon retired as warden in June 2006.

McClendon said he was retiring so he could spend more time with his wife and their dog, Donnie.

Since his release on bond, McClendon has been allowed to go to Arkansas to stay with family until his court appearances.

Former Oklahoma Corrections Officer Pleads Guilty To Federal Civil Rights Charge


WASHINGTON, Oct. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division, Grace Chung Becker, and U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, Sheldon J. Sperling, announced today that Jarrod Anthony Yates, a former Sequoyah County, Okla., corrections officer, pleaded guilty to violating the civil rights of an arrestee.



On June 25, 2006, at the Sequoyah County Jail in Sallisaw, Okla., Yates punched, kneed and stomped an arrestee on his head and face, which caused serious injuries, including a fractured orbital socket and severe lacerations that required stitches.



Yates faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and up to a $250,000 fine. His sentencing hearing is pending.



The guilty plea resulted from an investigation by the Oklahoma City Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and is being prosecuted by First Assistant U.S. Attorney Doug Horn, and Trial Attorneys Roy Conn and Michael Khoury from the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division

source: http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=prnw.20081002.DC36796&show_article=1

Jailer arrested for sealing from inmate workers

ST. ANTHONY – A former Fremont County Jail guard in eastern Idaho pleaded guilty to one count of grand theft after he was arrested for stealing from inmates and co-workers.

Bradley Holjeson, 24, had been accused of stealing a financial transaction card from an inmate, prescription drugs from a 911 dispatcher and bond money for inmates.

Prosecutors this week agreed to forgo one count of grand theft and drug charges, in exchange for Holjeson’s guilty plea.

Police in St. Anthony believe Holjeson stole $600 from the jail’s bond fund, then wrote receipts on the commissary’s receipt book to make the thefts look like withdrawals.

He was caught when an inmate produced receipts for deposits made to the bond fund in his own name, the Idaho Falls Post Register reported.

source: http://www.ktvb.com/news/localnews/stories/ktvbn-oct0208-jailer_arrested.d324e677.html

House of Correction begins inquiry of staff

The Milwaukee County House of Correction has launched an internal investigation into sexual harassment allegations against its staff, officials said Tuesday

Assistant Superintendent Jeffrey Mayer confirmed the investigation, but declined to discuss specifics. He declined to say how long the investigation might take or how many staffers had been accused of harassment.

“There were some situations brought to our attention, and we treat each case seriously,” Mayer said.

A private attorney hired by the county to help in the investigation has attempted to interview House of Correction staff about harassment claims. But the correctional officers union has objected to those sessions, saying a union representative must be present, said Kevin Schoofs, president of the union local. That demand prevented scheduled interviews of two staffers, he said.

District Attorney John Chisholm said his separate criminal investigation regarding sexual harassment claims against House of Correction staff is continuing. It began earlier this year.

The county’s internal investigation comes within weeks of a disciplinary action taken against Lt. Carlos Torres, a 16-year veteran of the Franklin lockup.

Torres, 55, is accused of forcing a female officer to touch him indecently, according to formal disciplinary charges issued Sept. 9. He has been suspended indefinitely without pay, and House of Correction Superintendent Ron Malone is recommending that Torres be fired.

A hearing on the charge against Torres before the county Personnel Review Board has been scheduled for January. Torres denies the allegations and will fight to get his job back, said Brigid Boyle, Torres’ lawyer.

The harassment investigation follows a scathing federal audit released this year that describes the House of Correction as dysfunctional, with serious staff morale and security problems.

The report by the National Institute of Corrections notes instances of “well-known, long-term romantic relationships among some members of the (House of Correction) work force, and that includes supervisors and managers.”

Those relationships have led to complaints of favoritism and bias and caused trouble “with the orderly running of the operation,” the report says.

In his 2009 budget, County Executive Scott Walker has proposed shifting oversight of the House of Correction to Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr.

source: http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=801210

State police arrest Rockville correctional officer

Two months after a Rockville correctional officer’s arrest for helping a prisoner escape, State Police have arrested another correctional officer on allegations of trafficking and engaging in sex acts with an inmate.

Roger Heitzman, 43, of Rockville, was arrested on allegations of official misconduct, a class-D felony, and trafficking with an inmate, a class-A misdemeanor, after a police investigation Thursday.

Heitzman brought tobacco, over-the-counter medicines and jewelry into the Rockville Correctional Facility for female inmates, police said. He allegedly engaged in sex acts with at least one female inmate while on duty, in relation to the trafficking of items, according to police.

Heitzman remained in the Parke County Jail late Friday under bail set at $10,000, with 10 percent acceptable.

On Aug. 4, convicted murderer Sarah Pender escaped from the prison with the alleged help of a correctional officer. Scott A. Spitler faces charges in connection with the escape, which also involves allegations of sex behind bars.

As of late Friday, Pender was still at large.

source: http://www.tribstar.com/local/local_story_277233141.html

Corrections Officer Accused of Pushing Pregnant Inmate


JACKSONVILLE, FL — A JSO Corrections officer is accused of pushing a pregnant inmate into an elevator at the jail.

According to the police report, 39 year old Lonnie Snodgrass had asked the inmate several times to get into the elevator.

He denies pushing her.

source: http://www.firstcoastnews.com/news/local/news-article.aspx?storyid=120366&provider=rss