Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Daily Corrections Clips


Michael Bodley, The San Francisco Chronicle

A Marin County man with a long prison record stole the identities of his fellow inmates while incarcerated in an elaborate scheme to profit off of fraudulent tax returns he filed without their knowledge, federal prosecutors said.

The man, Howard Webber, 52, was convicted by jury Tuesday of mail fraud and aggravated identity theft, among other charges, according to the U.S. District Attorney for the Northern District of California.


Redheaded Blackbelt

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) officials are searching for two minimum-security inmates who walked away from the California Correctional Center (CCC) Alder Conservation Camp (CC #20) in Del Norte County on January 24, 2017.

Inmates Eddy Edwards, 47, and Brian Schueren, 27, were reported missing during a security check on Tuesday, January 24. Edwards and Schueren were last seen at 9:10 p.m. Tuesday in their assigned housing unit. Edwards and Schueren were both assigned as firefighters at the camp, which houses approximately 110 minimum-custody inmates.

Johnny Dodd, People

In a rare interview from prison, convicted murderer Lyle Menendez tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue that he “still has sleepless nights” over the grisly 1989 shotgun slayings of his wealthy parents — which he committed with his brother, Erik Menendez.

“This tragedy will always be the most astounding and regrettable thing that has ever happened in my life,” Lyle says from California’s Mule Creek State Prison.


Jackie Iddings, Paso Robles Daily News

Public agencies and non-profit organizations indicate interest

-Paso Robles City Council received a status report about possible reuses for the El Paso de Robles Youth Correction Facility at the most recent council meeting. The report was presented by Mayor Steve Martin. Martin and Councilman Steve Gregory are part of county-wide interest group for exploring the acquisition and reuse of the facility. The State of California facility, referred to locally as the “Estrella Correctional Facility” and located at 4545 Airport Road, was closed in 2009 due to a decline in youthful offenders. The facility has been vacant since then, except for a portion of the northeast quadrant occupied by Cal Fire. Public agencies and non-profit organizations have indicated an interest in re-purposing the 155-acre site. The council authorized city staff resources to explore reuse options and the interest by the State of California to surplus the property.

Ron Sokol, The Daily Breeze

Q The Menendez brothers are back in the news again. This leads me to ask, if you kill your parents, do you still get the inheritance?

— W.S., Rancho Palos Verdes.

A No, you do not get the inheritance. This is based on the California Slayer Statute, found at Probate Code Section 250: When someone is feloniously murdered, the perpetrator cannot profit from the victim’s estate, whether there is a family relationship or not. On the other hand, if the killing was committed in self-defense, or is determined to be justifiable homicide, then a felonious murder has not occurred and, therefore, the statute does not apply.