Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Daily Corrections Clips


CDCR NEWS

The Folsom Telegraph

David Baughman, 51, was appointed warden at California State Prison, Sacramento on Jan. 20, where he has been acting warden since 2016.

Baughman has served in several positions since 1991, including chief deputy warden, associate warden, correctional captain, correctional lieutenant, correctional sergeant and correctional officer.

Baughman was a correctional officer at California State Prison, Solano from 1990 to 1991 and at the California Medical Facility from 1989 to 1990. Warden Baughman celebrated his 28th anniversary working for the department on January 23, 2017 one day prior to being sworn in by the California Department of Corrections Agency Secretary Scott Kernan on Jan. 24.

CALIFORNIA INMATES

Guy McCarthy, The Union Democrat

A former teacher who worked at Don Pedro High School in La Grange, part of the Big Oak Flat-Groveland Unified School District, and for Paso Robles Joint Unified School District is at the center of a $5 million dollar civil settlement, an attorney based in Los Angeles County said Monday.

Jeremy Ryan Monn pleaded guilty in February 2015 in Merced County Superior Court to three of 15 felony charges related to having a sexual relationship in 2013 with one of his female Don Pedro High students, a 15-year-old at the time, according to court records.

DEATH PENALTY

Kristine Guerra, The Washington Post

A man who continues to maintain his innocence in the sexual assault and murder of a 3-year-old girl is now on California’s death row.

Christopher Cheary, 26, was sentenced this week, nearly seven years after the death of Sophia Acosta, the daughter of Cheary’s ex-girlfriend.

Cheary, convicted in November after a lengthy trial in Tulare County in California’s Central Valley, sat stoically during his sentencing hearing on Monday as the girl’s family addressed him in court, according to the Fresno Bee. Diana Coronado, the child’s grandmother, told Cheary that he’d put the family through “the worst kind of pain.”

CORRECTIONS RELATED

Megan Barnes, The Mercury News

LOS ANGELES – An escaped prisoner shot to death by police in Santa Ana in 1982 has been identified as the killer in the 1976 Hermosa Beach slaying of Karen Sue Klaas, the ex-wife of singer Bill Medley of the Righteous Brothers, the Orange County duo that scored a string of hits in the mid-’60s.

Kenneth Eugene Troyer was linked to the crime through a DNA sample from an immediate male relative, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials announced at a news conference in downtown Los Angeles on Monday – 41 years to the day since Klaas was found unconscious, strangled and sexually assaulted in her home.

OPINION

Dick Spotswood, Marin News

One publication rarely read by Marinites is the San Quentin News. Its readers are the inmates, staff and those interested in doings at the state prison. It regularly prints stories that have an unusual twist.

The latest issue has an item, “Mock Election Draws Huge Turnout.” While prisoners can’t vote in elections, prison authorities conducted a mock election with many of the candidates and issues on last November’s California ballot.

Prisoners, both on and off death row, were asked their opinion on the merits of Proposition 62. That ballot measure sought, unsuccessfully, to end California’s death penalty.