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1 year 3 weeks ago

FCC votes to cap, slash prison phone rates

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Federal Communications Commission has approved limits on rates that prison inmates pay to make phone calls. The FCC voted 2-1 Friday -- a decade after inmates' families asked for action. The vote caps interstate phone call rates at 21 cents a minute for debit or prepaid...

1 year 4 months ago

Man gets life in prison for fatal stabbing

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) - A 30-year-old man who was convicted in a fatal stabbing near Grand Junction has been sentenced to life in prison. The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reports District Judge Brian Flynn sentenced Julio Ortiz on Friday and added another 146 years on habitual criminal charges. Ortiz...

1 year 6 months ago

27 inmates break out from Brazilian prison

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - Authorities say 27 inmates escaped from a Brazilian penitentiary crawling through the sewage system. An official at Rio de Janeiro state's Bangu prison complex told media that 31 prisoners attempted the break on Sunday. Within hours four were recaptured still inside the sewage system. It...

1 year 7 months ago

Marijuana clinic owner gets prison term

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Southern California man has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for running what prosecutors claim was an illegal pot business that only pretended to be legitimate under California's medical marijuana law. Aaron Sandusky of Rancho Cucamonga was sentenced Monday for conspiracy and possession...

1 year 11 months ago

Inmate says he's too obese for execution

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A condemned Ohio inmate who weighs at least 480 pounds wants his upcoming execution delayed, saying he's too heavy for the state's lethal injection process. Ronald Post shot and killed a hotel clerk in northern Ohio almost 30 years ago. He says his weight, vein access,...

2 years 3 months ago

MS prison guard dies, others hurt in 'disturbance'

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) - A guard at a southwest Mississippi prison died Sunday and several other employees were injured during a disturbance involving hundreds of inmates that continued into the evening, authorities and the prison's operator said. Emily Ham, a spokeswoman for the Adams County Sheriff's Office, confirmed Sunday evening...

2 years 6 months ago

Fire in Honduras prison kills more than 250

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) - A forensic official in Honduras says a fire that swept through a prison has killed at least 272 inmates. Lucy Marder, chief of forensic medicine for the prosecutors' office, gave the death count to reporters in a radio news conference early Wednesday. The head of the...

2 years 8 months ago

Man who killed boy dies in Colorado prison

DENVER (AP) - Authorities say a man imprisoned for killing an 11-year-old boy and throwing him in a trash bin has been killed under "suspicious circumstances" at Sterling Correctional Facility. Denver Coroner's Office says Lyle Brent White died Thursday and an autopsy will performed on him Saturday. The Denver Post...

2 years 10 months ago

Iran frees actress, waives lashing sentence

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Amnesty International says an Iranian appeals court has overturned the lashing sentence against an actress who appeared in a film critical of the Islamic republic's hard-line policies. Amnesty's website says Marzieh Vafamehr was released from prison earlier this week after her sentence of one...

2 years 10 months ago

Larimer County inmates found sharpening shanks

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) - Authorities say five Larimer County inmates could face sanctions or criminal charges after surveillance video showed them sharpening pieces of metal from a gymnasium clock into shanks or acting as lookouts for those who did. Sheriff's officials said Wednesday all five are now in a...

2 years 10 months ago

Utah inmates sick after drinking in prison

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah health officials are investigating a suspected botulism outbreak in 12 inmates who may have contracted the disease after drinking alcohol homebrewed inside a prison cell. Salt Lake Valley Health Department spokesman Nicholas Rupp says eight men were hospitalized, three of which are in critical...

2 years 11 months ago

Supermax inmate dies

A 73 year old inmate at the Supermax prison in Florence has died in his cell. Leroy Schweitzer was found unresponsive in his cell Tuesday morning. Efforts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful. A statement released by Bureau of Prisons says that Schweitzer's death appears to have been from natural causes....

3 years 1 month ago

Hickenlooper to visit closing prison

LAS ANIMAS, Colo. (AP) - Gov. John Hickenlooper is visiting southeastern Colorado to talk with employees at a rural prison that's closing because of budget cuts. Hickenlooper will update prison staff on Tuesdasy about plans to finding another use for the Fort Lyon Correctional Facility in Las Animas. Closing...

3 years 2 months ago

Masters officially exonerated

DENVER (AP) - Colorado Attorney General John Suthers says a man whose murder conviction was overturned based on new evidence has been officially exonerated after a yearlong investigation. Timothy Masters was released from prison in 2008 after serving about a decade in prison for the murder of Peggy Hettrick....

3 years 3 months ago

Inmate deaths under investigation

DENVER (AP) - The deaths of two inmates found dead in their cells in separate jails in Denver and Aurora Saturday are under investigation. In Denver, a 51-year-old male was found dead in his cell at the Van Cise-Simonet Detention Center. Authorities say there was no sign of foul play...

3 years 3 months ago

Congressman pitches feds on Fort Lyon

DENVER (AP) - A Colorado congressman is pushing for the federal government to find a new purpose for a Bent County state prison due to be closed next year because of state budget cuts. Republican Rep. Cory Gardner has written a letter to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs urging...

3 years 4 months ago

Conn. to help inmates pare child-support bills

ENFIELD, Conn. (AP) - Authorities in Connecticut are taking steps to help prison inmates cope with a problem that affects them and inmates around the nation: child-support debts that mount while they're behind bars. The state's Judicial Branch says 36 percent of its open child-support cases involve more than...

3 years 4 months ago

Bent County fire now 85 percent contained

FORT LYON, Colo. (AP) - A large wildfire in southeast Colorado has been 85 percent contained. Fire managers said cooperative weather Monday night helped crews fighting an 11-square-mile wildfire near Las Animas, about 85 miles east of Pueblo. Crews were working Tuesday to put out hot spots and protect structures...

3 years 4 months ago

Man gets 6 years in prison in Denver slaying

DENVER (AP) - A man convicted in a fatal shooting at a restaurant near Denver's 16th Street pedestrian mall has been sentenced to six years in prison. Forty-two-year-old Yan De Yang received the maximum sentence Friday. Jurors convicted him earlier this year of manslaughter and third-degree assault in...

3 years 5 months ago

Lawmakers to meet with Bent County officials

DENVER (AP) - State lawmakers are scheduled to meet with officials from a southeastern Colorado city to discuss the possible closing of a prison that residents say will damage the area's economy. The Joint Budget Committee will meet with Bent County officials this afternoon to hear their concerns as...

3 years 6 months ago

Hickenlooper seems to soften on closing prison

Governor John Hickenlooper spent the day in the lower Arkansas Valley, listening to concerns about closing the Fort Lyon Correctional Facility near Las Animas. Hickenlooper toured the prison this morning, then met with local officials. The state plans to assign about 200 prison employees to other facilities. Bent County...

3 years 6 months ago

Crime scene photo leaked by prison staff member

On Saturday evening just before midnight, chaos broke out at the Sterling Correctional Facility. Inmate Cleveland Flood was assaulted by at least one other inmate. "He subsequently died and our staff found him," explains Katherine Sanguinetti, spokesperson for the Colorado Department of Corrections. Since then a graphic photo from...

3 years 6 months ago

DOC proposes closing Fort Lyon facility

Tom Clements, the Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Corrections announced a plan today to close the Fort Lyon Correctional Facility located near Las Animas. The prison has an emphasis on health care services, including high needs medical care, geriatrics and services for offenders with serious mental illnesses....

3 years 7 months ago

Florence inmate convicted in U.S. Court

An inmate at the federal prison complex at Florence was found guilty today of assaulting an officer with a weapon. Timothy Young, 52, an inmate at the Administrative Maximum Security institution was found guilty today by a jury on a charge of assault on a federal officer with a...

3 years 9 months ago

Fugitive sentenced in 1995 case

DENVER (AP) - A former Colorado Springs man and a longtime fugitive has been sentenced to about 14 years in federal prison for drug and weapons crimes - and failure to show up for his sentencing in 1995. The U.S. attorney's office for Colorado says 49-year-old Ronald Thrasher was...

3 years 10 months ago

Denver-area pot grower agrees to 5-year term

DENVER (AP) - A suburban Denver pot grower who tried to set up a federal-state showdown on medical marijuana agreed to a five-year prison term and was handcuffed in court and led away after pleading guilty. Christopher Bartkowicz, 37, pleaded guilty Thursday to three drug charges stemming from his...

3 years 10 months ago

New trial ordered in prison killing

DENVER (AP) - A man who once faced the death penalty for a brutal prison slaying has won a new trial after a Colorado judge ruled that prosecutors failed to turn over evidence that could have won the man an acquittal. David Bueno, a former inmate at Limon Correctional...

3 years 11 months ago

Former Colorado Mormon bishop sent to prison

A former stockbroker accused of running a $21 million Ponzi scheme from his suburban Denver home for 15 years has been sentenced to 12½ years in federal prison. Victims packed the courtroom Tuesday when U.S. District Judge Marcia Krieger sentenced Shawn Merriman. He had pleaded guilty to defrauding at...

3 years 11 months ago

Prison official refuses to discuss inmate escape

The head of Colorado's prison system has declined to tell Sterling residents exactly how an inmate escaped from a nearby maximum security prison. Ari Zavaras, director of prisons for the Colorado Department of Corrections, told a town meeting Tuesday that Douglas Alward gathered materials inside the prison that helped...

4 years 1 week ago

FBI searching for escaped Colorado inmate

Authorities are offering a $15,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of a Colorado inmate who made what officials say was an "elaborate escape" from a maximum security prison. A Department of Corrections spokeswoman says authorities are going door-to-door around the Sterling Correction Facility as they search for...

4 years 1 week ago

Search for escaped Colorado inmate continues

The search continues for an inmate who escaped from a maximum security prison in northeastern Colorado. Douglas Alward fled from the Sterling Correctional Facility about 100 miles northeast of Denver sometime Sunday night. He was serving a 20- to- 40-year sentence for attempted murder, assault, burglary and kidnapping. ...

4 years 2 weeks ago

White supremacist in '84 Denver murder dies

A white supremacist convicted of civil rights violations in the 1984 machine-gun slaying of Denver radio talk show host Alan Berg has died in federal prison. Bruce Pierce, 56, died of natural causes Monday at the Allenwood Federal Correction Complex near Allenwood, Pennsylvania. Pierce was serving a 252-year sentence...

4 years 2 weeks ago

Alaska inmate dies in Colorado prison

Alaska corrections officials say an Alaska inmate has died while being held in a private prison in Colorado. The Anchorage Daily News reports the inmate died Sunday at Hudson Correctional Facility. Colorado officials are investigating the death of the 44-year-old man. His identity hasn't been released pending notification...

4 years 3 weeks ago

One Arizona prison escapee caught

Federal agents on Monday captured one of two inmates who escaped from an Arizona prison as he walked, armed with a handgun, outside a Wyoming church, and were still hunting for the other fugitive and a suspected accomplice. Convicted killer Tracy Province told authorities he was relieved that the...

4 years 1 month ago

'What gall!' Inmate sues his crime victims

A Florida inmate has filed a lawsuit seeking $500,000 in damages from three men who caught him red-handed with a stolen bicycle, claiming they roughed him up, according to a newspaper report. Michael Dupree is serving a 12-year sentence for burglary and cocaine possession stemming from a 2007 break-in...

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