Corrections officer commits homicide, suicide and dogicide

PEMBERTON TWP. — A 15-year veteran corrections officer at New Jersey State Prison shot and

killed his wife, then his dog and then himself Wednesday inside their home here in the Browns Mills section.

Police identified him as Victor Segui-Cordero, 59. His wife was named Nelda Segui, also 59. Their

bodies were found by their son, Erick X. Segui of Browns Mills, who called police to their home in the

300 block of Lakeview Boulevard at 9:25 p.m.

“The preliminary police investigation revealed that Victor Segui-Cordero shot his wife and the family

dog then turned the gun on himself,” township police Detective Lt. Ronald Kreig said. “The weapon

and a handwritten note were collected at the scene confirming what had taken place.”

Authorities wouldn’t comment on the contents of the suicide note. Locals contacted Wednesday night

said they didn’t know happened but assumed a major homicide investigation was under way.

“There’s so many police cars over there and helicopters in the sky,” a woman who lives around the

block on Auburn Avenue said an hour after police converged here to probe the homicide-suicide.

“I’m just sad something like this happened. This is really scary. This is a really quiet neighborhood. You

have kids stealing bikes and stuff like that, but nothing like this.”

Authorities wouldn’t discuss why Segui-Cordero went on his rampage. “We’re not aware of any

difficulty he had,” said Deirdre Fedkenheuer, spokeswoman for the New Jersey Department of

Corrections. “It’s just a tragic situation.”

She said Segui-Cordero earned $72,000 as a senior corrections officer. He first started in state employ

as a human services assistant April 6, 1992, and came to the DOC on Oct. 2, 1993, as a corrections

officer recruit.

His union, PBA Local 105, had no comment, but a member who answered the phone yesterday said,

“It’s kind of tough to talk about it. The family is still grieving right now.”

According to, Victor Segui-Cordero previously lived in Silver Spring, Md., Yukon,Okla., and Trenton, before buying the house in Browns Mills in 1998.


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Corrections officer pleads guilty to extortion



COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) – A federal corrections officer at an eastern Kentucky prison has pleaded guilty to extortion in a scheme that involved smuggling tobacco products to inmates.

David Thompson, 43, of Raceland, admitted in court Friday that he received $19,600 to bring cigarettes, chewing tobacco and loose leaf rolling tobacco to inmates at Ashland FCI from Oct. 30, 2006, through Feb. 8.

Prosecutors said Thompson would bring the tobacco into the prison and pass it along to an inmate. The inmates were instructed to sell the tobacco products on his behalf, with friends and relatives of the inmates sending Thompson money as compensation.

Thompson started working at the prison in July 1990. His sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 30.


Corrections Officer Accused Of Dognapping

HEMET, Calif. — An officer at a San Diego County correctional facility who had complained about the barking of her neighbor’s dog was arrested after being accused of stealing the animal and abandoning it some 15 miles away.


Diane M. Brown, 42, was arrested on suspicion of felony possession of stolen property, Hemet police Sgt. Kevin Caskey said.


She was booked Thursday and released on $5,000 bond.

Brown had filed multiple noise complaints about Spike — a white Maltese — who lives next door to her Hemet home, Riverside County Animal Services officials said.


On Monday, Spike went missing, but Brown was spotted unloading the dog from the trunk of her car outside a water district building in the town of Beaumont, Animal Services Sgt. Lesley Huennekens said.


A surveillance camera captured Brown when she returned to the scene to remove to dog’s collar.


Two water district employees took Spike to a veterinarian, who located the dog’s owners by scanning a tracking chip embedded under the animal’s skin.


The dog was unharmed.


San Diego County sheriff’s officials said Brown was a corrections officer in the city of Vista, but they were unaware of the arrest.


There was no answer at Brown’s house Thursday when a reporter for the Riverside Press-Enterprise visited seeking comment.