Monday, April 20, 2015

Daily Corrections Clips


Coroner: Ex-NFL player Lawrence Phillips' cellmate died of strangulation
Veronica Rocha, The Los Angeles Times

A man who authorities say was killed by his cellmate, former NFL running back Lawrence Phillips, died of strangulation.

Damion Soward, 37, was found unresponsive in his cell Sunday and was taken to Delano Regional Medical Center where he later died, according to the Kern County coroner’s office.


Man who tortured 'girl in the box' denied parole
Cristina Mendonsa, USA TODAY

NOTE: The reporter has been informed that Hooker was sentenced to 74 years in prison, not 104, and that he does not have a “firm parole date” in 2022.

CORCORAN, Calif. — A man that a judge once called "the most dangerous psychopath ever encountered" will remain in prison for at least 15 more years — and probably much longer — a California prisons spokesman said Thursday.

In 1985, Cameron Hooker, now 61, was given a 104-year sentence for kidnapping a young hitchhiker named Colleen Stan and holding her for seven years of torture, rape and terror. But this past summer, as California started working to decrease its prison population, parole standards for elderly inmates quietly started changing.

Red Bluff man convicted of torturing woman for 7 years denied parole
Action News Now

ameron Hooker, the Red Bluff man convicted of kidnapping a young hitchhiker in 1977 and holding her captive for seven years was found unsuitable for parole by the state Board of Parole Hearings Thursday.

Hooker, because of new state laws, was eligible for the hearing because he is over the age of 60 and has served at least 25 consecutive years.


Parolee help opens in San Martin
Program offers full-service center
Chris Foy, Gilroy Dispatch

NOTE: The reporter has been informed that nobody has been released early from prison under AB 109.

SAN MARTIN—Once a week, people on supervised probation or state parole can receive a free services designed to help get their lives back on track, thanks to a new pilot program that opened this week in San Martin.

Whether the need is for referrals for substance abuse treatment or just to talk with a mentor who has been through it all, offenders released from state prison under Assembly Bill 109 and supervised in Santa Clara County now have a place to go for help.


U.S. marshals arrest 130 in Bay Area violent offender sweep
Natalie Neysa Alund and Harry Harris, Bay Area News Group

OAKLAND >> More than 130 fugitives, almost half from Oakland, wanted in killings, shootings, robberies, drugs and other crimes, were arrested during a recent Bay Area sweep led by federal marshals, officials said Thursday.

Authorities also seized at least 27 firearms, narcotics, an explosive device and other evidence during the six-week operation, authorities said at a news conference in downtown Oakland.

So which California departments were audited for personnel shell game?
Jon Ortiz, The Sacramento Bee

The Brown administration’s recent audit of vacant state-government positions confirmed a Sacramento Bee report that departments illegally manipulate employee transfers. The audit, though, didn’t name the 10 departments reviewed.

We asked Government Operations Press Secretary Lynda Gledhill for the list. Here it is: