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California man convicted of torture of pot dispensary owner

Aug. 16, 2019 5:54 PM EDT

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A California man who previously escaped from jail and was on the run for a week was convicted Friday of kidnapping and torturing a marijuana dispensary owner who he mistakenly believed had buried large sums of money in the desert. A jury in Newport Beach found Hossein Nayeri,...

Family, friends bid goodbye to slain corrections employee

Aug. 16, 2019 4:42 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Hundreds of family and friends gathered Friday in a Tennessee church to bid goodbye to a beloved correctional administrator killed last week, allegedly by an escaped inmate who sparked a four-day manhunt. The 64-year-old Debra Johnson was remembered for being a devout Christian,...

Report: Arizona prison boss slow to react to broken locks

Aug. 15, 2019 9:11 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Locks failed for years at an Arizona prison and allowed for serious beatings of prisoners and guards, but Corrections Director Charles Ryan failed to appreciate the seriousness of the problem until he saw video of an assault that was broadcast on television, according to a report released...

For inmates like Epstein, suicide watch is meant to be short

Aug. 14, 2019 9:34 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Suicide is such a constant concern at federal jails that guards have ready access to "the stick," a wooden pole with a sharpened blade at the end that's used to cut down inmates if they try to hang themselves with bedsheets. That's believed to be exactly how Jeffrey Epstein took his life...

Judge: Captured Tennessee inmate could face death penalty

Aug. 14, 2019 5:59 PM EDT

RIPLEY, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee convict accused of killing a corrections administrator and escaping prison could face the death penalty if convicted of first-degree murder, a judge told the prisoner Wednesday. Curtis Ray Watson appeared before Judge Janice Craig in a video arraignment in Lauderdale County...

The Latest: Captured inmate could face death penalty

Aug. 14, 2019 3:20 PM EDT

RIPLEY, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest on a court hearing for a Tennessee convict who escaped from prison (all times local): 2:20 p.m. A judge told a Tennessee convict accused of killing a corrections administrator and escaping prison that he could face death if convicted of first-degree murder. Curtis Ray Watson...

Inmate asks for electric chair death in Thursday execution

Aug. 14, 2019 3:02 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee inmate has made a last-minute request to be put to death in the electric chair, an option his lawyer described as "also unconstitutional, yet still less painful" than the state's preference of a three-drug lethal injection. The state Department of Correction on Wednesday...

The Latest: Epstein guards suspected of falsifying logs

Aug. 14, 2019 4:16 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the aftermath of Jeffrey Epstein's death (all times local): 10:05 p.m. A person familiar with the probe of Jeffrey Epstein's death at a federal jail says guards are suspected of falsifying log entries to show they were checking on inmates in his unit every half hour, when they...

2 guards suspended and warden reassigned after Epstein death

Aug. 13, 2019 10:58 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The warden at the federal jail where Jeffrey Epstein took his own life over the weekend was removed Tuesday and two guards who were supposed to be watching the financier were placed on leave while federal authorities investigate the death. The move by the Justice Department came amid...

No clemency for Tennessee man set to be executed Thursday

Aug. 13, 2019 6:07 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's governor announced Tuesday that he won't stop this week's scheduled execution of an inmate who maintains his accomplice was the one who fatally stabbed a mother and her daughter in 1986. Stephen West is set to receive a lethal injection Thursday at a maximum-security...