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Federal Prisoner Dies During Illicit Tryst With His Wife

Desmond A. Greene, a prisoner at the Big Sandy federal prison in Martin County, Kentucky, was in his bunk just after midnight on October 5, 2008. But at 1:12 a.m. his wife, Susan A. Witherspoon, was banging on the front door of the facility telling guards that Greene was unconscious and unresponsive in her car.

A guard and two prisoners rushed to the vehicle and applied CPR in an attempt to resuscitate Greene. Although one of the prisoners was a doctor, their efforts were unsuccessful and Greene was pronounced dead at a local hospital at 2:08 a.m.

Hospital officials attempting to extract Greene’s blood, in order to determine his cause of death, noticed what appeared to be semen on his body. Greene had been housed at the Big Sandy prison’s satellite camp, a minimum-security facility with no fence where prisoners reportedly sneak out for late-night rendezvous with visiting paramours.

Witherspoon told prison officials that she and Greene had been visiting in the prison parking lot. But an investigation revealed that her first 911 call came from a nearby motel.
Witherspoon made a second call from prison property at about the time she called the guards for help. Investigators interviewed another person at the motel who heard two voices coming from Witherspoon’s room during the time Greene was missing from the prison.

Witherspoon was subsequently charged with helping her husband escape; she was also charged with possession of marijuana following a search of her motel room. She pleaded guilty to the possession charge in November 2008 and was sentenced to time served plus one year of supervised release. The assisting escape charge was dropped. See: United States v. Witherspoon, USDC (ED Ky.), Case No. 7:08-cr-00030.

Source: Lexington Herald-Leader

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