This installment of Prison News in Brief concerns news from Oklahoma through Tennessee and is brought to us by our friends at Prison Legal News.
Oklahoma Prison News
Darren “Veneno” Padron, 22, is one of six prisoners accused of planning and carrying out the June 13, 2012 stabbing death of fellow prisoner Sonny J. Limpy, 25, at the GEO Group-operated Lawton Correctional Facility. On July 18, 2013, Padron pleaded guilty to his role in the murder and was sentenced to an additional 10 years in prison with five suspended. Also charged were Alonzo “Coon” Florez, Gerardo “Guito” Sanduval, Jose Garcia, Ryan “Frankie” Garcia, and Armando Luna. Testimony indicated that the killing was ordered after Limpy refused to join “The 13 Movement,” an initiative to unify all Hispanic gangs under one leadership.
Oklahoma Prison News
On July 10, 2013, a prisoner at the Tulsa County Jail was found unresponsive during security checks. A nurse who rushed to treat him experienced a sudden cardiac medical emergency and had to be taken to a local hospital. Despite resuscitation efforts by jail staff and the Tulsa Fire Department, prisoner Brian Keith Perry, 41, was pronounced dead. Investigators from the Sheriff’s Department ruled out foul play and Perry’s death is believed to be a suicide. The nurse was admitted to the hospital for treatment.
Pakistan Prison News
On July 29, 2013, militants attacked a prison in northwest Pakistan and reportedly freed more than 250 prisoners. Pakistan Taliban spokesman Shahidullah Shahid claimed responsibility for the assault and said 150 militants took part. Officials had received a letter threatening an attack on the facility, but did not expect one so soon. The militants arrived by car and motorcycles, then began a 41/2 hour assault on the prison using bombs, grenades, and guns. Some of the attackers, wearing police uniforms, used megaphones to call out the names of specific prisoners. Six police officers, six prisoners, and two civilians were killed, including one prisoner who was beheaded.
Pennsylvania Prison News
On June 28, 2013, Malik James Hayes, 25, a former York County prisoner, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter for the beating death of Jesus Maldonado-Martinez. The fatal August 21, 2011 incident began as a fistfight after Maldonado-Martinez bumped into Hayes and did not say “excuse me.” Hayes’ attorney said his client did not mean to kill the victim, and that it was a mutual fight that “got out of hand.” Hayes will serve an additional 21/2 years in prison for the fatal beating upon completion of his 71/2- to 15-year sentence for robbery.
Tennessee Prison News
When Brita West arrived at a jail in Scott County to marry Willard Tinch on July 28, 2013, it was apparently a match made in heaven. Tinch was imprisoned at the jail, and West was arrested for trying to smuggle contraband to him. Deputies noticed that West’s dentures were falling down and that she had a small package in her mouth, which she apparently planned to pass to Tinch when they kissed following their nuptials. The package contained suboxone and methamphetamine; a search of West’s vehicle revealed more meth as well as syringes. She was charged with possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia, and jailed with a $25,000 bond. Presumably there was no honeymoon.
Reprinted with permission from Prison Legal News.