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AUSA’s Police Chief Husband on Juarez Cartel Payroll

Former Columbus Police Chief Angelo Vega was on the payroll of the local Juarez Cartel at the same time he collected a $40,000 annual salary for his public position, according to testimony in federal court on September 25, 2013. A witness stated that Vega received $2,000 monthly plus bonuses from the Juarez Cartel for performing

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Lee CI Inmate Prompts Shakedown with Facebook Postings

By Prison Legal News Tyheem Henry, convicted as the ringleader of a 2011 mob beating, was serving a 15-year sentence at the Lee Correctional Institute.  On September 8, 2013, the website Charleston Thug Life published Facebook postings Henry had made using a contraband cell phone, prompting a shakedown at the prison.  Henry was charged with

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Man Rams Gates of Angola Penitentiary

By Prison Legal News On September 19, 2013, Floyd Tillman, 26, pleaded not guilty to attempted second-degree murder after ramming the gates of the state penitentiary at Angola with his car while guards opened fire at him.  Tillman had taken his daughters, ages 8 months and 2 years, from Terrebonne Parish.  He then drove to

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FCI Ashland Prison Guard Charged with Smuggling Contraband

By Prison Legal News Former FCI Ashland guard James Lewis and Cindy Gates, the girlfriend of a prisoner at the federal prison, both pleaded not guilty in September 2013 to charges related to smuggling contraband into the prison.  Gates’ boyfriend, prisoner Gary Musick, was accused of participating in the scheme by telling Gates and Lewis

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Pregnant Woman Escapes Jail Twice in Two Weeks

By Prison Legal News Prisoner Ashley Marler, four months pregnant, escaped jail twice in the same week.  She failed to return to the Fayette County Detention Center from a medical pass on September 16, 2013 and was arrested the next day and charged with escape.  On September 24, 2013, Marler was taken to the same

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Kansas Man Escapes Jail, Goes on Crime Spree

By Prison Legal News Ness County Jail escapee Benito Cardenas, Jr., 38, apologized to his victims and law enforcement officials before being sentenced in back-to-back hearings for a two-day crime spree that occurred after he cut through four bars at the jail in August 2012.  After escaping from the Ness County Jail, Cardenas stole a

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Delaware County Jail Frosts Detainees’ Windows

By Prison Legal News Prisoners at the Delaware County Jail are adjusting to frosted windows in their cells, which let sunlight in but prevent unauthorized communication with the outside world.  The windows have been a source of concern in the decades since the jail was built because prisoners sometimes expose themselves or make obscene gestures

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Oahu Community Correctional Center Guards Indicted

Two Oahu Community Correctional Center guards, Kevin Ignacio and Ismael Castro, face trial over allegations that they beat prisoner Jeffrey Diaz bloody in October 2012. Ignacio is accused of repeatedly punching Diaz in the head and face, while Castro was caught on surveillance video kicking him in the head. On September 17, 2013, Judge Patrick

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6 MS-13 Gang Members Hung During Salvadorian Prison Riot

By Prison Legal News Six Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) gang members were hanged during a riot at a juvenile rehabilitation center in Tonacatepeque on September 24, 2013 — El Salvador’s Prisoners’ Day.  Two of the dead were minors, and four were adults who had been sentenced at a younger age.  Police believe the murders were carefully

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Pitkin County Jailer Obtains Protective Order Against Inmate

By Prison Legal News On September 25, 2013, a Pitkin County Jailer obtained a restraining order against a prisoner who threatened her family.  Deputy Deborah Kendrick sought the order to prevent Robert Rice from contacting her, her husband — who is a Pitkin County sheriff’s deputy — and one of their family members.  Kendrick said

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