Former Canyon County jailer charged in shooting death

CANYON COUNTY — A family gathering turned tragic at a home near Nampa late Christmas night, ending with the shooting death of a nationally known professional mixed martial arts fighter.

The Canyon County Sheriff’s Office arrested James Robert Malec, 48, on a charge of second-degree murder in the case. Investigators said Malec shot Justin Mark Eilers, his stepson, after a verbal altercation. Continue reading

Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Deputy Ordered To Stand Trial

Thomas Hutchins Accused Of Shooting Girlfriend, 12-Year-Old Girl

MILWAUKEE — A Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Department deputy accused of shooting two people, including a 12-year-old, was ordered to stand trial on Friday.


Deputy Thomas Hutchins was off-duty last week when police said he shot his girlfriend in the face and then shot a 12-year-old girl at the house where his girlfriend ran for help. Continue reading

Former Prison Guard Indicted For Murder

 Plainview Police Department

A Hale County grand jury says there is enough evidence to send a former prison guard to trial for murder. The Plainview Daily Herald reports that jury members indicted 31-year-old Sacarias Dee Pena on Wednesday.  He’s charged with the murder of 28-year-old Christopher Sanchez of Floydada.

Neighbors told NewsChannel 11 they heard as many as six gun shots on the morning of November 21st. They called 911 around 6:30 a.m.  

Investigators say there was a history between Sanchez, Pena, and Pena’s ex-wife. They believe the shooting developed from that.

If convicted, Pena faces five-years to life in prison. Bond is set at $100,000.


Four inmates, one employee disciplined at close of Bayport prison tunnel investigation

Four inmates and one employee at the Bayport prison have been disciplined following the close of an investigation into a 25-foot, underground tunnel corrections staff found there in February. 

It was the first attempt of its kind in the institution’s memory, officials said. No inmates escaped.


Inmates David Arthur Spaeth, Craig Michael Friend, Andrew Lechuga Salinas and Gonzalo Hernandez were punished with 540 days of segregated confinement following Minnesota Department of Corrections discipline process in which each pleaded guilty to charges of aiding, advising, counseling, conspiring, attempting, or acting as an accessory to escape at the prison. Continue reading


United States Attorney Johnny Sutton announced that Emmanuel Cassio, a former corrections officer at the Val Verde County Detention Center in Del Rio, Texas, was sentenced to 16 months in federal prison for violating the civil rights of a pre-trial detainee and obstructing the subsequent criminal investigation.

Appearing before United States District Judge Alia Ludlum yesterday afternoon, Cassio was sentenced to 10 months for Count 1 (Deprivation of Rights under Color of Law – 18 USC 242) and 6 months for violating Count 2 (Hindering Communication of Information Relating to Federal Offense – 18 USC 1512(b)(3)). Judge Ludlum ordered that both sentences be served consecutively. Judge Ludlum also ordered that Cassio pay a $3,000 fine and be placed under supervised release for a period of three years after completing his prison term.

On April 30, 2008, Cassio pleaded guilty to the charges. Cassio admitted that on October 31, 2006, while working as a corrections officer at the Val Verde County Detention Center, he used unreasonable force when he repeatedly punched an inmate without provocation. Cassio agreed that his assault violated the inmate’s constitutional right to be free of unreasonable force by law enforcement officers. Additionally, Cassio admitted that he obstructed justice when he provided false information about the incident to investigators.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Val Verde County Sheriff’s Office. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert Brady and D.O.J. Civil Rights Division Trial Attorney Jared Fishman


Former detention officer arrested for allegedly smuggling narcotics into jails

A former detention officer with the Cameron County Sheriff’s Department was arrested Wednesday by sheriff’s investigators for allegedly smuggling narcotics into county jails.

According to a department press release, the arrest of former detention officer Gabel Jacques Gonzalez was the result of an investigation by the sheriff’s criminal investigations division and special investigations unit. Continue reading

Jail Guard Accused of Taking Bribes

Middlebury, Vermont – December 9, 2008

A former guard at the Addison County Jail is under investigation for allegedly taking bribes.

Vermont’s federal prosecutor is not naming the guard, but says the guard arranged conjugal visits for inmate Frank Sargent. Authorities say he bilked a woman out of hundreds of thousands of dollars and used the conjugal visits to talk her out of even more money and influence her statements to authorities.

Sargent pleaded guilty to paying the guard to arrange the visits.