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Oregon Prisoner Holds Counselor Hostage, Gets New 68-Month Sentence

On May 11, 2010, an Oregon state prisoner was convicted of kidnapping and sentenced to an additional 68 months for holding a prison counselor hostage.

John Anthony Brown, 42, was confined at the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility (CCCF), the Oregon Department of Corrections’ (ODOC) intake facility and women’s prison. While meeting with Counselor Karen McManmon on June 25, 2008, Brown brandished a sharpened plastic fork and ordered McManmon to sit in a corner of her office, according to prosecutor Bracken McKey.

Brown then spent 90 minutes using McManmon’s phone to call his family in California and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He told the FBI that gang members from California, where he had previously served time, were infiltrating the Oregon prison system. Brown’s family contacted CCCF staff to report the hostage situation.

The prison was placed on lockdown, and a SWAT team swarmed McManmon’s office and subdued Brown. There were no reported injuries. The ODOC recognized McManmon with an Award of Valor, and she remains a prison counselor – though it’s unlikely that Brown will be on her caseload when he is processed through CCCF on his new sentence. Before the hostage incident, Brown was serving 24 months on a third-degree robbery conviction.

Source: The Oregonian

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