Friday, January 27, 2017

Daily Corrections Clips



SAN QUENTIN (KRON) — A San Quentin State Prison inmate on death row died Thursday morning of unknown causes, according to the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Condemned inmate, 69-year-old James David Majors of Sacramento County, was pronounced dead around 7:30 a.m. Thursday morning at a nearby hospital, Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation officials said.

Reyes awaits trial in 2012 shooting at Hanford store
Mike Eiman, The Sentinel

HANFORD — A man accused of shooting a father in front of his 8-year-old daughter was recently removed from the Kings County Jail due to numerous violent acts against other inmates.

Jason James Reyes is charged with first-degree homicide for the March 5, 2012, shooting death of Armando Ramirez Jr., 32, at the Rite Aid on Lacey Boulevard in Hanford. Ramirez was walking with his young daughter at the time of the attack. Police said the killing may have been revenge against Ramirez, who was convicted of molesting Reyes’ daughter about 10 years earlier.

Johnny Dodd, People

On a recent Sunday morning, Lyle Menendez sat in the day room at California’s Mule Creek State Prison quietly talking on the phone about his dad Jose and mom Kitty, who he and his younger brother, Erik, brutally murdered with two 12-gauge shotguns nearly three decades ago.

“I’ve sort of made peace with who my father was,” Lyle tells PEOPLE in a rare prison interview that appears in this week’s issue, on newsstands now.

“He had a sickness and I’ve forgiven him,” Lyle says, “but I don’t know if he’s forgiven me.”



SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — The California Supreme Court has unanimously upheld the death sentence of a man who murdered a 20-year-old woman in her Oakland apartment in 1996.

Grayland Winbush, 40, was convicted in Alameda County Superior Court in 2003 and given the death penalty for murdering Erika Beeson during a robbery on the evening of Dec. 22, 1996.

Beeson was found beaten, strangled with a belt and stabbed. Her boyfriend’s shotgun, some marijuana and other items were missing.


Jazmine Ulloa, The San Diego Union Tribune

Andrew Luster, the great grandson of cosmetics magnate Max Factor, drew global attention in the early 2000s when, after being accused of rape, he jumped his $1-million bail and was later captured in Mexico by a bounty hunter on TV.

Ventura County prosecutors said he drugged three women and videotaped the assaults, and a jury convicted him of 86 counts of poisoning, sexual battery and rape of an unconscious or intoxicated person. But with none of his offenses listed among the 23 crimes that California considers “violent” felonies in its penal code, does the state consider him a violent felon?

As California undergoes the largest overhaul of prison parole in a generation, determining which criminals are violent in the eyes of the state has taken on a new urgency among some lawmakers and law enforcement officials who argue it’s time to revisit how  “violent crime” is legally defined.

Don Thompson, The Associated Press

SACRAMENTO – Two cousins were sentenced Thursday to life prison terms in the 1973 shotgun slayings of two young girls in Northern California, said Deputy Yuba County District Attorney John Vacek.

Larry Don Patterson and William Lloyd Harbour were sentenced to five years to life in prison in the decades-old cold case, the maximum penalty under sentencing laws at the time of the crime.

For the same reason, the two men did not face the possibility of the death penalty in the deaths of 12-year-old Valerie Janice Lane and 13-year-old Doris Karen Derryberry.

Ashleigh Panoo, The Fresno Bee

A Porterville man was sentenced to 40 years in prison on Thursday for molesting three minors over five years, said the Tulare County District Attorney’s Office.

Jacinto Trevino Rodriguez, 56, initially pleaded no contest on Dec. 28, 2016 to 17 felony counts of lewd acts upon a child under 14. He was sentenced in Tulare County Superior Court in Visalia.

Counselor sold phones to wards at youth facility, DA says
Camarillo Acorn

A 23-year employee of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation is facing up to three years in jail at his sentencing next month for smuggling cellphones to wards at the department’s youth facility in Camarillo.

Samuel Grimes, 56, who worked as a youth correctional counselor at the Ventura Youth Correctional Facility on Wright Road until 2015, pleaded no contest on Monday to a single count of conspiracy.

The Port Hueneme man is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 24 at Ventura County Superior Court. He faces a maximum of three years in jail.

East County Magazine

January 26, 2017 (San Diego) -- After a five-day search, crews have located the body of a child in a creek in Rainbow. The San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office will determine if the body is that of five-year-old Phillip Campbell.  The boy and his father are believed to have been swept away by floodwaters on Sunday.

Below are details provided by the San Diego County Sheriff:

The San Diego County Sheriff's Department has used many resources, including Sheriff's ASTREA (helicopter) and UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles), to assist deputies and other first responders on the ground.