Prison officer jailed for murder

A PRISON officer has been jailed for life for the murder of his girlfriend.

Lee Shaun Lucas, 36, of Park Road, Golbourne, admitted the offence, and was told he must serve a minimum of 16 years.

Police were called to the Wigan Royal Infirmary shortly after 12.10pm on Saturday 20 September 2008, after Helen Lucas, 45, had been brought into hospital from her home on Park Road.

A post mortem examination revealed that she died from trauma to her head and neck.

Helen and Lee had been dating for about 14 months. The couple weren’t married but Helen had changed her name.

Both Helen and Lee worked as prison officers at Risley Prison, near Warrington.

On the evening of her death Helen and Lee went to a number of nearby pubs, starting at the Royal before moving onto the Sir Charles Napier.

The pair left the pub and went home at about 3am on Saturday 20 September 2008.

Lucas called the ambulance service at about 11am, claiming to have found Helen collapsed on the floor of the upstairs landing.

His account of what happened has changed numerous times.

Senior Investigating Officer, Andy Tattersall, said: “Helen was a lively, popular woman with a large circle of friends and family, many of whom are still struggling to come to terms with her death.

“Although Lee has admitted killing Helen, it still remains unclear exactly what took place in their home when they got back from their night out.

“I believe he attacked Helen in the early hours of the morning, leaving her for dead and only bothering to call for help hours later. By then it was too late.

“He made considerable efforts to clean up after himself and make it look like an accident, but the injuries Helen suffered were so severe it was clear he was lying.

“She was battered by someone who was supposed to love her and look after her.

“Lucas has proved he is a violent man but also a complete coward. Thankfully he will now spend many years behind bars where he belongs.”
source: http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/s/1112164_prison_officer_jailed_for_murder?rss=yes

New York Correction Officer Arrested; Agreed to Transport 15 Kilograms of Cocaine

MAR 04New York Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent in Charge John Gilbride, New York City Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly, New York City Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget G. Brennan, New York City Department of Investigation Commissioner Rose Gill Hearn and New York City Commissioner of the Department of Correction Martin F. Horn announced today the arrest of correction officer Edinson Rosales, who was apprehended last night in upper Manhattan. Continue reading

5 Fla. prison guards fired after abuse allegations

Five corrections officers at Florida State Prison were fired Wednesday and another resigned after allegations they beat an inmate last week.

The inmate, whose name was not released, required treatment at a hospital, but did not suffer life-threatening injuries, said Gretl Plessinger, a spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Corrections.

“I want to be crystal clear about this. I will never tolerate inmate abuse. I will take swift, decisive action anytime it exists,” Florida Corrections Secretary Walter McNeil said.

Another five Florida State Prison guards remain on administrative leave during the investigation. Not all the five are considered suspects, Plessinger said.

Fired Wednesday were Lt. William Hinson, Sgt. Anthony Reed, Sgt. Richard Kross, Sgt. James Coleman and Correctional Officer Raymond Williams. Correctional Officer Charles Reames resigned.

McNeil said the department will turn over the results of its investigation to the State Attorney’s Office in Gainesville for possible criminal prosecution.

Another four officers are on administrative leave from nearby Union Correctional Institution for an unrelated beating, Plessinger said.

Almost 10 years ago on July 17, 1999, death row inmate Frank Valdes was beaten to death at Florida State Prison. He has fractures to his sternum, vertebrae, nose and jaw, along with numerous internal injuries. There were boot prints on his face, neck, abdomen and back.

Prosecutors contended Valdes was beaten by officers to keep him quiet about inmate abuse.

Trials of four guards for Valdes’ death ended in acquittals, prompting the dropping of charges against several other officers.

source: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/florida/AP/story/1000839.html

Guards accused of beating inmates

The Florida Department of Corrections has placed 15 correctional officers on administrative leave while it investigates allegations of inmate abuse at Florida State Prison and Union Correctional Institution.

In the incident at FSP, officers are accused of beating inmates during a time period when they apparently thought that the prison’s surveillance cameras had been disengaged and thus their actions were not being videotaped. Continue reading

Ohio Sheriff Accused Of Making False Statements Faces Jail Time

TOLEDO, Ohio — An Ohio sheriff has been charged with making false statements to FBI agents investigating the beating death of a man at a county jail.

 

Federal prosecutors said Lucas County Sheriff James Telb helped cover up the role that his deputies played in the 2004 death of Carleton Benton. A federal grand jury on Tuesday indicted Telb and three others.

 

The government said a sheriff’s deputy assaulted and strangled Benton in a cell, then left him lying unconscious without seeking medical help. The indictment said Benton was then struck by another deputy.

 

Telb and a lieutenant are accused of concealing their knowledge of the case from federal authorities.

 

Telb, who faces a maximum sentence of three years in prison if convicted, said he never interfered with the investigation.

source: http://www.newsnet5.com/news/19180902/detail.html

Former jail guard gets probation for trusty tryst

ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. — A former jail guard is on probation after pleading guilty to five counts of sexual contact with a prisoner.

Twenty-five-year-old Dawn Marie Heading entered the plea Monday. She was sentenced to 18 months of probation.

The Kingsport Times News reports the relationship between Heading and trusty Phillip Greenwell became known after she informed her jail supervisor she was pregnant and requested a light duty assignment.

 

Greenwell was transferred to state custody and lost good time credits earned for his work as a trusty at the Carter County Jail.

source: http://www.tennessean.com/article/20090414/NEWS03/90414004/-1/RSS05

Ohio sheriff indicted in jail death

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) – An Ohio sheriff has been charged with making false statements to FBI agents investigating the beating death of a man at a county jail.

Federal prosecutors say Lucas County Sheriff James Telb helped cover up the role that his deputies played in the 2004 death of Carleton Benton. A federal grand jury on Tuesday indicted Telb and three others.

The government says a sheriff’s deputy assaulted and strangled Benton in a cell, then left him lying unconscious without seeking medical help. The indictment says Benton was then struck by another deputy.

Telb and a lieutenant are accused of concealing their knowledge of the case from federal authorities.

Telb, who faces a maximum sentence of three years in prison if convicted, says he never interfered with the investigation.
source: http://www.local12.com/news/state/story/Ohio-sheriff-indicted-in-jail-death/dfum2JjeDE-fyxIcOlGKEw.cspx?rss=31