Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips


CALIFORNIA INMATES

Guy McCarthy, The Union Democrat

A group of more than 20 inmates at Sierra Conservation Camp got to show pride Wednesday as they collected diplomas for hard-earned academic achievements and trade certifications.

They also heard from motivational speakers who previously walked in the inmates’ footsteps, incarcerated for years at the same state prison and other lockups, before they convinced authorities they’d turned their lives around and earned parole.

Lt. Robert Kelsey, an administrator at the Sierra prison, the facility’s school is accredited with the state of California. The General Equivalency Development diplomas and Career Technical Education certificates earned by inmates are recognized by educators and employers nationwide.

David Grieder, The Triplicate        

A Pelican Bay State Prison inmate will serve five additional years after he was caught in possession of a homemade knife and gang literature.

Luis Avalos, 25, of Oakland, was sentenced Thursday afternoon in Del Norte Superior Court by Judge William Follett.

In September 2014 he was found with an inmate-manufactured stabbing weapon and “gang kites” less than 15 months before the end of his six-year prison term for armed robbery.

Tony Saavedra, OC Register

Scanning a six-photo lineup, the Fullerton bank clerk took only seconds to identify the man she believed pointed a gun at her.

But the woman was less certain a year later as she stood in a Santa Ana courtroom inches from the man she identified.

While jurors took a lunch break, the bank clerk asked the man at the defense table to stand up, turn to the left, spin in a slow circle. Still she could not say for certain he was the gunman.

Bay City News

A convicted murderer was found guilty Thursday of two assaults at Salinas Valley State Prison in Soledad, one of which left an inmate permanently paralyzed, the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office said.

A jury found Mario Torres, 56, guilty of inflicting great bodily injury and assault by a life prisoner, prosecutors said.

He was also found guilty of two counts each of felony assault and illegal weapon possession, prosecutors said.

Dan Noyes, abc

SAN QUENTIN, Calif. (KGO) - A serial wife killer who's been on San Quentin's death row for three decades is demanding that his sentence be carried out. And, he's offering to reveal where he buried one body, if the state sets an execution date. But, his own children want him to rot in prison. This is a prime example of the dysfunction of California's death penalty.

Support for the death penalty has been slipping in California. It's now at its lowest level in 40 years, partly on moral grounds. But a major part of it is that our system of carrying out a death sentence is seriously broken. Case in point -- Gerald Stanley.

Jay Stanley told the I-Team's Dan Noyes, "I'm not afraid of nobody in this world except for my dad."

Bay City News

SALINAS (BCN) — A convicted serial robber was found guilty on Wednesday of the murder of a waiter inside a Seaside motel room in 2014, prosecutors said today.

Investigators suspected Andre Tyrone Johnson, 20, of the murder of Solomon Sandoval Perez almost immediately after Perez was found shot once in the chest in his room in the Gateway Lodge Motel on Fremont Boulevard in Seaside.

Johnson was arrested two days later and was found with Perez’s cellphone, according to the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office.

CALIFORNIA PRISONS

KYMA

CALIPATRIA, Calif. – A woman is behind bars after allegedly attempting to smuggle marijuana into Calipatria State Prison.

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said the incident happened Saturday.

The visiting staff on Facility “A” said they observed 34-year-old Martha Elena Ramirez of Moreno Valley, Calif. exiting the visitor’s restroom with an open bag of “Welch’s Fruit Snacks” in her shirt pocket.

CALIFORNIA PAROLE

The Modesto Bee

A former Modesto man who was convicted of killing a hitchhiker and kidnapping and robbing another man in the early 1990s was denied parole, according to a press release from the Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office

Clay Arthur Harris was found unsuitable for parole on Wednesday at a State Board of Parole Hearings conducted at San Quentin State Prison.

DEATH PENALTY

Maura Dolan, The Los Angeles Times

A court fight delaying approval of a new method for executing inmates in California ended this week with the release of 12,000 internal prison documents about the state's plans for lethal injection.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California, which went to court in November to obtain the documents, said it would make them public early next week. The legal standoff ended when the California Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a request by the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to intervene in the case.

CORRECTIONS RELATED

KSBY

Jury selection began Wednesday in the trial of the two correctional officers police say were responsible for a deadly bar fight in San Miguel back in 2014.

The officers, Travis Woolf and Sergio Aranda, are accused of killing 54-year-old Alvaro Medrano outside the Elkhorn bar in San Miguel.

Bob Shallit, The Sacramento Bee

In a deal that reflects institutional enthusiasm for Sacramento’s commercial real estate market, one of the investors in redevelopment around Golden 1 Center has joined with two big partners to acquire a prominent state office building in the downtown area.

JMA Ventures of San Francisco partnered with real estate giant Hines Interests and Oaktree Capital Management, a global asset management firm, to buy the 378,000-square-foot office complex at 1515 S. St., on the edge of the hot R Street corridor.