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Security video captures jail inmate’s fall through ceiling

February 22, 2020

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A security camera captured footage of a jail inmate's apparent escape attempt from a holding room that ended with her falling through a ceiling and landing head-first in a trash can.Jessica Boomershine, 42, was charged with escape...

Inmate says in letter that he killed 2 molesters in prison

February 21, 2020

CORCORAN, Calif. (AP) — A California inmate serving a life sentence for murder confessed in a letter that he beat to death two child molesterswith another inmate's cane hours after a prison counselor ignored his urgent warning that he might become violent.In...

Tennessee man gets electric chair for killing fellow inmate

By TRAVIS LOLLER | February 21, 2020

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A convicted murderer was put to death in Tennessee's electric chair Thursday, becoming the state's fifth prisoner over 16 months to choose electrocution over the state's preferred method of lethal injection.Nicholas Sutton, 58,...

Tennessee governor won’t intervene in scheduled execution

By TRAVIS LOLLER | February 19, 2020

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee said Wednesday he will not grant clemency to a death row inmate whose group of supporters includes family members of his victims and past and present prison workers.Nicholas Sutton, 58, was sentenced to...

Immigration agency subpoenas Oregon county over 2 inmates

By GILLIAN FLACCUS | February 18, 2020

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement subpoenaed a sheriff's office in the suburbs of Portland, Oregon, on Tuesday for information about two Mexican citizens wanted for deportation, a move that is part of a broader escalation...

Ultimate choice: Tennessee inmates wrestle with how to die


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — After more than three decades on death row, Don Johnson weighed the options for his own demise: He could keep a promise to his daughter that he wouldn't die in the electric chair. Or, he could opt for the chair and avoid a method...

California death row inmate dies; prisoner killed in attack

February 15, 2020

SAN QUENTIN, Calif. (AP) — A death row inmate died Saturday at a hospital, while the previous day another prisoner was killed after two inmates attacked him, California officials said.John Abel — who was sentenced to death row for killing a man in...

Attorney general says Oklahoma to resume executions

By SEAN MURPHY | February 13, 2020

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma plans to resume executing death-row inmates, five years after lethal injections were put on hold following a series of death-chamber mishaps, state officials announced Thursday.Gov. Kevin Stitt, Attorney General Mike Hunter...

Mississippi inmate death toll rises amid emergency extension

By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS | February 10, 2020

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Another Mississippi inmate died Monday, the same day the governor extended an emergency order allowing the state to quickly spend money to try to resolve problems in a prison system beset by violence and poor living conditions.The...

Ill Cali cartel drug kingpin seeks early prison release

By CURT ANDERSON | February 6, 2020

MIAMI (AP) — One of the world's major cocaine kingpins, a co-founder of Colombia's Cali Cartel that smuggled some $2 billion in drugs to the U.S., is seeking compassionate early release from a federal prison because of ill health.Gilberto Rodriguez-Orejuela,...

Feds investigate Mississippi prisons after string of deaths


JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Justice Department has opened a civil rights investigation into the Mississippi prison system after a string of inmate deaths in the past few months, officials said Wednesday.Federal prosecutors are looking into conditions...

Denmark jails 3 men suspected of spying for Saudi Arabia

February 5, 2020

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Three men who are members of an Iranian separatist group, the Arab Struggle Movement for the Liberation of Ahwaz, have been jailed in pre-trial custody in Denmark until Feb. 27, suspected of spying for an unnamed Saudi intelligence...