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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 6, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A white supremacist gang member was sentenced Friday to life in prison without the possibility of parole for murdering a fellow gang member who had appeared on television to discuss gang secrets. Jacob Anthony Rump, 30, was convicted in the 2002 murder of Scott Miller, one of Public Enemy Number One's founding members, who had appeared on a Fox 11 News broadcast focusing on the gang.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 10, 2007 | Maeve Reston, Times Staff Writer
The family of a prison guard who was stabbed to death by an inmate at the state prison in Chino in 2005 will receive $1.2 million from the state in a settlement reached in federal court. Manuel A. Gonzalez Jr., 43, a 16-year employee of the state prison system, was stabbed with a handmade weapon, allegedly by inmate Jon Christopher Blaylock. This was the first case of a guard being killed while on duty in a California prison in two decades.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 30, 2007 | Stuart Pfeifer, Times Staff Writer
A mentally disturbed state prison inmate being transferred into a Los Angeles County jail last month was examined by mental health workers, who declared him fit to be placed in the general jail population. That finding caused Kurt Karcher, a convicted killer with a bipolar disorder, to be moved into a cell with inmate Jose Daniel Cruz.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 28, 2007 | Stuart Pfeifer, Times Staff Writer
Kurt Karcher strangled his cellmate in state prison last year, officials say. Then he was moved to a downtown Los Angeles jail, where he allegedly killed another one. The combination of events has raised questions about how well state and county officials communicate as they regularly trade custody of dangerous inmates, this one already convicted of choking to death an Orange County man in 1993.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 18, 2007 | David Haldane, Times Staff Writer
The Orange County district attorney's office announced Thursday that it had impaneled a special grand jury to investigate the death of a man beaten by fellow inmates at a county jail after guards allegedly told them erroneously he was accused of child molestation. In the first slaying in a county jail in 20 years, John Chamberlain, 41, was killed Oct. 5 at Theo Lacy Jail in Orange.
WORLD
April 8, 2007 | Ned Parker, Times Staff Writer
U.S.-run detention camps in Iraq have become a breeding ground for extremists where Islamic militants recruit and train supporters, and use violence against perceived foes, say former inmates and Iraqi officials. Extremists conducted regular indoctrination lectures, and in some cases destroyed televisions supplied by the Americans for use with educational videos, banned listening to music on radios, forbade smoking and stoked tensions between Sunni and Shiite detainees, they said.
WORLD
March 29, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
The head of Guatemala's prison system resigned after the killings of four policemen inside a maximum-security prison raised fears of drug-gang links to senior officials. Victor Rosales stepped down two days after the resignations of the interior minister and the chief of police were accepted in the wake of the slayings of three Salvadoran politicians and their driver and four of the Guatemalan police officers accused of killing them.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A 47-year-old inmate at Lancaster state prison died Tuesday after suffering head injuries in a fight with his cellmate. Authorities said the victim, whose name was not released, was declared dead at 12:05 p.m. at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills. He was airlifted to the hospital after being severely beaten in his cell about noon Monday. Los Angeles County sheriff's detectives are investigating the case as a possible murder.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 9, 2007 | Garrett Therolf, Times Staff Writer
The father of an inmate stomped to death in an Orange County jail has filed a $20-million claim alleging that sheriff's guards instigated the attack by prisoners against his son. John Chamberlain, 41, was killed Oct. 5 at Theo Lacy Jail in Orange. This week his father, George Chamberlain, 79, of Chino Valley, Ariz.
WORLD
February 27, 2007 | Hector Tobar and Alex Renderos, Special to The Times
For more than a week, Guatemalans and Salvadorans have been in the grip of a murky and gruesome mystery story born of Central America's criminal underworld. It began on the night of Feb. 19, with an SUV burning on a rural road outside Guatemala City. The charred bodies of three Salvadoran legislators and their driver were found at the scene. Among them was Eduardo Jose D'Aubuisson, the son of one of El Salvador's most notorious right-wing leaders.
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