Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips



OAKDALE — Gov. Jerry Brown has appointed Joel Martinez, 50, of Oakdale, to warden at the Sierra Conservation Center, Jamestown.

Martinez has served as acting warden at the facility since 2015.

Martinez served in several positions at the Sierra Conservation Center, Jamestown from 1998 to 2015 and from 1993 to 1997, including chief deputy warden, associate warden, captain, classification and parole representative, correctional counselor supervisor, correctional counselor and correctional officer.


Almendra Carpizo, Record

STOCKTON — Elijah Ramirez grabbed his left foot and forced it forward to get into a lunge.

But after several failed attempts at stabilizing his body, the 18-year-old gave his trembling legs a rest and went into child’s pose, a kneeling resting position with his chest at his knees.

The significance of Ramirez practicing yoga isn’t lost on him. More than two years ago, Ramirez was wounded during a gang shootout and suffered a spinal cord injury.

Jenna Lyons, SF Gate

A Death Row inmate at San Quentin State Prison slashed a correctional officer with a makeshift weapon inside one of the facility’s showers — a decade after he pulled a similar attack on another correctional officer, authorities said Monday.

Richard Penunuri, 38, attacked the officer shortly after 3 p.m. on Oct. 3 as he was being secured in a shower stall at the prison’s East Block Housing Unit, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

The officer was removing Penunuri handcuffs in the shower when the condemned prisoner quickly grabbed the officer’s right arm and slashed it with a homemade weapon, officials said.

Matt Hamilton, The San Diego Union-Tribune

If Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Eleanor J. Hunter’s experiences with plumbers had been better, the murder case of Vincent Tatum might have gone differently.

Addressing a panel of potential jurors in her Compton courtroom, Hunter explained the importance of not prejudging witnesses and used her unfortunate run-ins with the tradesmen to illustrate her point.

Hunter said that she had “had horrible experiences with plumbers … during remodels or whatever, just horrible experiences.”

“If I hear somebody is coming in, and I hear he’s a plumber, I’m thinking, ‘God, he’s not going to be telling the truth,’” Hunter said.


Ryan Fonseca and Wes Woods, Los Angeles Daily News

The man authorities say “executed” a L.A. County Sheriff’s sergeant responding to a burglary call in Lancaster has been charged with capital murder and could face the death penalty, if convicted.

Trenton Trevon Lovell, 27, was set to be arraigned in Michael Antonovich Antelope Valley Courthouse Friday for the fatal shooting of Sgt. Steve Owen, but it was postponed until Nov. 14 because Lovell’s public defender, John Henderson, wanted to obtain more documents related to evidence in the case.

Lovell appeared in the courtroom behind a glass barrier.


Jazmine Ulloa, The Los Angeles Times

The day in 1979 that Tennessee Rev. Joe Ingle landed in Los Angeles and made his way to the set of the popular television series “MASH,” he wasn’t starstruck. He was angry.

As he drove his rental car through the Santa Monica Mountains to the sprawling 20th Century Fox Ranch near Malibu Canyon, Ingle thought of  John Spenkelink, a death row inmate. After years of talks with politicians, countless legal filings and many sleepless nights, the state of Florida put his close friend to death in the electric chair, Ingle said.

“We had 220 people on death row in Florida at the time, and many of them had no lawyers,” the United Church of Christ minister said. “We were up against a state machinery of killing that was engaging in full gear, and we could see what was coming.”


The Associated Press

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - Authorities have identified the man suspected of fatally shooting two officers and wounding another in Palm Springs, California, and say he will be charged with two counts of murder on a peace officer.

The Riverside County Sheriff's Department identified the man Sunday as John Felix.

Officials say he surrendered after a lengthy standoff. He was injured and treated at a hospital.

Brett Kelman and Barrett Newkirk , The Desert Sun

A Palm Springs gang member accused of killing two police officers on Saturday served only one-and-a-half years in a prior shooting case, according to newly released parole records.

The records make it clear suspect John Hernandez Felix’s felony sentence was shorter than previously thought.

Felix, 26, a known gang member, was sentenced to four years in prison in the attempted gangland assassination, when he pleaded down to assault with a firearm. He was released from Centinela State Prison in Imperial County on Oct. 9, 2011 after serving only a year and a half of his sentence.


Tonight, ABC News 20/20 will examine Kimberly Long and the death of her boyfriend, Ozzy Conde. After serving nearly seven years in state prison for Conde’s murder, Long’s conviction was overturned with the help of the California Innocence Project. Tonight, 20/20 will investigate the details of the murder, and Long’s two trials, in an attempt to decipher whether or not she is guilty of her boyfriend’s death.

Read on for more details.

Jim Dey, The News-Gazette

For the second time in less than two years, a book by a prominent author has put the adventures of a notorious terrorist group that included University of Illinois faculty and staff member James Kilgore back in the spotlight.

This time, it's "American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst" by Jeffrey Toobin, an author and political commentator on CNN.

Back in 2015, it was best-selling author Bryan Burrough, who wrote "Days of Rage: America's Radical Underground, the FBI and the Forgotten Age of Revolutionary Violence."


Leonard Gilroy, The Orange County Register

The U.S Department of Justice recently announced plans to phase out its use of private prison contracting. And for nearly a year now, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton been going even further, expressing support for a wholesale ban on the use of private prisons by state governments. A private prison ban would be bad for California.

The state has used private prisons in targeted ways dating back to late 2006, when California began to house inmates in privately operated out-of-state prisons as part of a multifaceted strategy to reduce severe overcrowding in state-run prisons. At the time, California had just seen its prison health care system placed under federal receivership due to a court ruling that the medical care California was providing to prison inmates was inadequate and an unconstitutional form of cruel and unusual punishment. Years later, this was followed by a ruling from three federal judges demanding the state dramatically reduce its prison population to address overcrowding that the court found threatened the health and safety of inmates.