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Alabama: On January 3, 2024, Blount County Sheriff Mark Moon fired and arrested a county jail guard for having oral sex with a detainee at the lockup. The Birmingham News reported that Garrett Law, 26, violated policy by wandering alone at night into the women’s area of the jail, for which Sheriff Moon said he would have fired the jailer “even if he hadn’t touched” the unnamed detainee. Another guard at the jail, Daniel Ray Kelsoe, was fired and arrested for the same crime in March 2023, WBRC in Birmingham said.

Alabama: The federal Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that Robert D. Smith, 38, a former federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) guard, pleaded guilty on January 11, 2024, to sexually abusing a prisoner at the Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) in Aliceville in 2019. As PLN reported, Smith was charged in April 2023 with having sex with prisoners “T.M.” and “R.R.L.” [See: PLN, July 2023, p.63.] By law sex between guards and prisoners is never consensual.

Brazil: One of seven prisoners who tied up guards and escaped Sau Paulo’s Provisional Detention Center Belém 1 on Christmas Day 2023 turned himself in two days later—perhaps because of difficulties hiding a tattoo on his forehead that reads “I am a thief and an idiot.” The New York Post reported that the ink was forcibly applied to convicted robber Ruan Rocha da Silva, 23, by previous victims when they fought him off in 2017. As if to prove it true: He was just four days away from release when the short-lived escape extended his prison stay.

California: On July 14, 2023, the Los Angeles Times reported the death of Mike Reynolds, 79, a former wedding photographer who channeled grief and rage over his daughter’s 1992 slaying at the hands of two parolees into a pressure campaign credited two years later with getting California lawmakers to adopt a “three-strikes” law, the first in the country to mandate increased penalties for repeat offenders. After two decades, however, state voters wearied of the human and financial cost imposed by the law’s most controversial provision—returning to prison anyone with two violent convictions who then committed any “third strike” offense, even a minor crime—and it was repealed by Proposition 36 in 2012. As PLN reported, overcrowded state prisons then released 1,011 prisoners who’d been given overly harsh third-strike sentences in just the first year. [See: PLN, Jan. 12, 2016, online.]

Connecticut: CT Insider reported that state prison guard William Lucky, Jr., 32, was arrested on January 19, 2024, for a fatal road-rage shooting five days earlier. Witnesses said Lucky and Scott Kracke, 49, got out of their cars to confront one another on I-691 in Meriden, when the six-year veteran guard opened fire, striking Kracke. He later died at a hospital. Lucky then fled the scene, telling cops when they caught up with him that he had a child riding in his car and feared Kracke “would come after him.” He was charged with murder.

Ecuador: A week after 158 prison guards and 20 other prison employees were taken hostage by gangs that reportedly run the country’s lockups, the government of Pres. Daniel Noboa claimed on January 13, 2024, that all hostages had been released. The gangs apparently went to war a week earlier, The Guardian reported, after one faction’s leader went missing during a prison transfer. No one has since seen “Fito” Macías, 44, whose Los Choneros gang—one of at least 22 gangs active in the country’s prisons—is reportedly affiliated with the Mexican Sinaloa cartel. Meanwhile rioting spread outside prisons, and Noboa declared the country was in “internal armed conflict” on January 10, 2024. Responding police and military units quickly arrested 1,105 alleged “terrorists,” killing five of them. Two police officers also were killed.

Florida: WJAX reported that Jacksonville jail guard Darrick Le Marck Scott, Jr. avoided time behind bars at his sentencing for child abuse on December 29, 2023. Instead he will spend 18 months on probation and cannot have “violent contact” with the victim. Scott was arrested and resigned in April 2023, after the child reported injuries to his school. At the time, Sheriff T.K. Waters emphasized the abuse was non-sexual. Scott’s sentence also includes mandatory anger management and parenting classes. Two weeks later, Romeo Kei, 30, another guard at the jail, was arrested at home during a domestic disturbance on January 12, 2024. He and an unnamed family member who was also arrested blamed each other for the fight, which did not injure any of the children living there, Sheriff Waters said. Scott had worked for the Sheriff’s Office for four and a half years. Kei had worked there for two years.

Florida: Former BOP guard Atoya Holms, 50, was sentenced to 13 years in prison on January 12, 2024, for fatally shooting her boyfriend during an argument in his car on the way home from a Miami Dolphins game in 2021, WTVJ in Miami reported. For killing Vernell Goins, 52, Holms pleaded self-defense, claiming she loved Goins but he was beating her. Prosecutors said she flew into a rage when Goins wanted to break up because she remained married to another man. They also noted that her son was hospitalized in 2017 after she shot him several times while trying to force her way into his home. A jury convicted Holms of manslaughter in October 2023.

Florida: Mentally ill Broward County Jail detainee Genard Jeffrard, 29, was declared brain-dead on December 26, 2023, 10 days after jail surveillance video captured his brutal 20-minute beat-down by cellmate Kevin Barnes, 35. WTVJ in Miami reported that both men were awaiting competency restoration treatment when Barnes beat the father of a 10-year-old for being gay. Barnes was charged with attempted felony murder the day after the assault, though that charge may be upgraded since Jeffrard’s death on New Years Eve. Three days later, on January 3, 2024, another mentally ill jail detainee deemed unfit to stand trial, Alvin Modeste, 42, fatally hanged himself at the jail, according to WFOR in Miami. Three unnamed jailers were placed on leave while Sheriff Greg Tony’s deputies investigate their apparent lapses in supervision.

Georgia: After originally insisting he was in the woods outside Macon State Prison to meet a date set up on the Tinder app, Dedrick Daesan Sirmans, 32, pleaded guilty on December 21, 2023, to flying an unregistered drone over the lockup to make a contraband drop. WMAZ in Macon reported that prison guards who found Sirmans early on the morning of September 14, 2020, also found the drone nearby. Tethered to it were two black plastic bags containing $1,000 in cash, tobacco, marijuana, three cell phones, phone chargers, rolling papers, Bluetooth devices and clothing. The drone was not registered with the Federal Aviation Administration. The federal Department of Transportation then retraced 25 of its flight paths, several of which passed over the prison—including two flights that occurred about the same time Sirmans claimed he was in the woods to meet his “date.” Another of the drone’s flights passed over Patten Probation Detention Center near Augusta. Guards also found three pistols in Sirmans’ car. At sentencing he faces up to five years in prison, two years of supervised release and a fine up to $250,000.

Georgia: Suspicious of a gray van parked outside the Dekalb County Jail on January 13, 2024, guards searched it and found two women inside with a trove of contraband, including suspected marijuana, rolling papers and cigarette lighters, plus cellphone chargers and cords, headphones and even a drone. The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported that Kyrenda Carter, 27, and Porchae Wade, 36, also had a bullhorn and binoculars, plus Allen wrenches and a straight razor. Both were arrested on felony drug possession and multiple misdemeanor charges. Their arrest came exactly four weeks after two men were found parked in the same lot with a handgun, ammunition, pot and phone chargers, as PLN reported. [See: PLN, Feb. 2024, p.63.]

Georgia: Two months after four detainees made a brazen escape from the Bibb County jail, Sheriff David Davis fired jailer Travaris Freeman on December 20, 2023, charging him with violating protocols that included surveilling cells in person every hour and not relying on closed-circuit television feed from security cameras. WMAZ in Macon also reported that the detainees—Marc Anderson, Joey Fournier, Johnifer Barnwell and Chavis Stokes—broke through a dayroom window on October 16, 2023, before making a getaway in a blue Dodge. The car was found four days later in a Kroger parking lot, eventually leading investigators to recapture all four escapees. Six others have since been arrested, including high-ranking “Macon Mafia” leader Alphonso Clyde. Barnwell, the only federal detainee of the four, was turned over to U.S. Marshals. The others were returned to the jail and are being held in “a special place,” Sheriff Davis said, explaining that he meant “a cell they can’t get out of.”

Georgia: For a spectacular $12.5-million con pulled off from his cell at the state Diagnostic and Classification prison, Arthur Lee Cofield, Jr., 32, was sentenced to another 135 months in federal prison on January 5, 2024, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. As PLN reported earlier, Cofield used a contraband cellphone and downloaded copies of a drivers license and utility bill in June 2020 to convince Charles Schwab, Inc. that he was Hollywood fashion mogul and movie producer Sidney Kimmel, 94. Helping himself then to $11 million from the billionaire’s account with the investment brokerage, Cofield bought gold coins and had them flown to Atlanta to buy a $4.4 million home that prosecutors say is now “rapidly deteriorating.” [See: PLN, Dec. 2022, p.62.] He was ordered to repay the money, plus another $1.2 million conned from a victim in Alabama, and another $391,000 taken from a bank. Cofield has been in federal custody since completing a 15-year term for a bank robbery in 2007, when he was 16. Two accomplices in his recent con, Eldridge Bennett, 66, and daughter Eliayah Bennett, 28, pleaded guilty to money laundering by cashing the stolen gold coins to buy the Atlanta house; he was sentenced to 10 years, while her sentencing was set for later in 2024.

Guam: Former Guam Adult Correctional Facility guard Travis Venus pleaded guilty on January 25, 2024, to using a food tray to smuggle meth to prisoners in April 2023. KUAM in Guam said that Venus originally pleaded not guilty when he was charged and placed on leave in May 2023. After an investigation, he no longer works for the territorial DOC. Meanwhile, the Guam Daily Post reported, Venus was freed when his family posted bail, which was cut from $25,000 to $7,000 in June 2023 after Typhoon Mawar swamped the island and caused “significant financial distress,” Venus’ attorney testified. Three prisoners—Rickey McIntosh, 46, Alvin Quinata, 40, and Thomas Taitano, 31—were indicted in the scheme on June 9, 2023, as were two un-incarcerated accomplices heard discussing the plans on recorded prison calls, Victoria Agulto, 43, and Theresa Blas, 51, on May 11, 2023. Charges against all five remain pending.

Illinois: State prisoners James Soto, 62, and David Ayala, 60, were freed on December 14, 2023, after spending 42 years and two months wrongfully imprisoned, longer than any other Illinois exonerees. As Chicago Reader reported, Soto was convicted of pulling the trigger in 1981, when he was 20, in a drive-by double murder that his cousin Ayala, then 18, was convicted of ordering for his gang. No physical evidence tied either man to the killings, just the testimony of a co-defendant who got a light sentence in exchange—and about whom the jury never heard discrediting testimony because defense attorneys failed to call key witnesses, the National Registry of Exonerations noted. A Cook County judge deemed this inadequate assistance of counsel and tossed the convictions. State’s attorney Kim Foxx then declined to retry the men. Both earned degrees behind bars from Northwestern University’s Prison Education Program.

Illinois: The Chicago Sun Times reported that charges for attacking a Cook County Jail guard were dropped on December 22, 2023, against handicapped detainee Steve Fanady, 58. As PLN reported, jailers claimed that Fanady assaulted them when they forced him from his wheelchair and into a cell that lacked a bed in October 2022, but surveillance video appeared to contradict that, showing he went limp before they beat him. [See: PLN, June 1, 2023, online.]

Indiana: Elkhart County Jail guard Malachi Yoder, 26, was arrested on January 8, 2024, five days after detainees reported he had sex with an unnamed fellow detainee. The Goshen News said the office of Sheriff Jeff Siegel fired Yoder that same day, January 3, 2024, later deciding to press charges for Level 5 Felony sexual misconduct.

Indiana: Probation ended abruptly for state prisoner Bradley Morgan, 24, on January 29, 2024, when he was sentenced to 68 months in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm. As WRTV in Indianapolis reported, he had only himself to blame: It was a photo taken with a handgun and posted to Instagram that led to a search of his home in April 2021, turning up a .40 caliber Glock and a 9mm Smith & Wesson. Morgan was also on Instagram when he was first arrested in January 2020, livestreaming himself waving guns around a local park. That led to a felony criminal recklessness conviction, prohibiting him from ever possessing a firearm.

Iowa: After performing a root canal on a prisoner on December 7, 2023, dentist Payman Bayati, 58, appeared drunk to Anamosa State Prison nurses. They alerted unnamed prison officials, who then called Anamosa Police, KCRG in Cedar Rapids said. A responding cop intercepted Baymati as he tried to drive away and measured his blood alcohol content at 0.158, nearly twice the legal limit for impaired driving. He was charged with public intoxication and sent home.

Israel: Alarabiya News reported on December 21, 2023, that the Israeli Prison Service (IPS) was questioning 19 guards at a prison where Palestinian prisoner Thaer Abu Assab, 38, was found fatally beaten. Part of the Fatah liberation movement of Palestinian Pres. Mahmoud Abbas, he was serving a 25-year term for unspecified convictions. Israeli prisons have been on lockdown since war broke out with Hamas militants in Gaza in October 2023, resulting in surprise cell searches and deprivations of electricity and canteen privileges. The Public Committee against Torture in Israel (PCATI) voiced “serious suspicion that the [IPS] is being transformed from a professional incarceration body to a vindictive and punitive force.”

Louisiana: The New Orleans Times-Picayune reported that prosecutors dropped charges on July 19, 2023, against Larry Moses, 68, a former state prisoner released a month earlier when Orleans Parish District Judge Kimya Holmes granted him a new trial. Moses was convicted of killing Alma Causey and Daniel Ratliff in January 1994 based largely on the testimony of Frederick Stamps. But the jury never heard how Stamps told a mutual acquaintance that Moses “broke my arm so I’m going to say he killed those people”—leaving Moses’ defense “kneecapped,” the judge said. Though not fully exonerated, Moses will not face a possible return to prison, either.

Louisiana: East Feliciana Parish Jail guard Kervoisier Franklin, 24, was arrested on January 3, 2023, and fired the next day for allegedly smuggling contraband into the lockup, according to WAFB in Baton Rouge. Sheriff Jeff Travis did not identify the smuggled items nor say whether they found their way to any jail detainees. Franklin had been employed about four months.

Louisiana: St. Tammany Parish Jail detainee Joshua Martin, 27, was charged on January 23, 2024, with scheming to smuggle drugs into the lockup, after guards found $16,000 worth of suboxone and traced it to him. The New Orleans Times-Picayune said alleged un-incarcerated co-conspirators Samantha Martin Rotherham, 31, and Lisa Lloyd, 44, were also arrested after investigators recovered more contraband drugs at their home. Rotherham was jailed on a $30,000 bond; Lloyd’s bond was $40,750. No additional surety was set for Martin, who was being held on a $150,000 bond after an earlier arrest on weapons and fleeing law enforcement charges.

Maine: After 14 months held without bail or trial on a robbery and murder charge, a detainee at the Androscoggin County Jail allegedly attacked a guard on November 16, 2023, “damaging his eyeglasses,” the Lewiston Sun-Journal reported. Barry Zollarcoffer, 49, was then indicted by a grand jury on January 3, 2024, on a felony charge of assault on an officer, which carries a prison term up to five years, and a misdemeanor count of criminal mischief, which could add another 364 days. His original charges stem from the October 2022 slaying of Nicholas Blake, 37.

Michigan: A day after he was accidentally released on December 7, 2023, state prisoner Kenneth Nard, 66, was back in prison, where he is serving a sentence for the 1975 killing of two juvenile cousins when he was 17. MLive Media reported that he met the statutory requirements for parole, though DOC admitted he shouldn’t have been released without a decision by the state parole board. That determination is still pending. Meanwhile Nard was resentenced in Lapeer County Circuit Court on December 15, 2023, complying with a 2022 state Supreme Court ruling that forbids life-without-parole sentences for crimes committed as a juvenile, like the one he originally received. His new sentence runs for 60 to 150 years before good-time credits.

Minnesota: The Twin Cities Pioneer Press reported that prisoner Axel R. Kramer, 36, a second-degree murder convict serving 288 months at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Stillwater, entered a plea agreement on January 5, 2024, admitting he conspired with guard Faith R. Gratz to smuggle meth and cellphones into the lockup. As PLN reported, Gratz, then 24, entered a plea agreement in September 2022, admitting she and the prisoner were romantically involved when she muled him contraband on six occasions and then texted warnings of upcoming cell searches to his smuggled cellphone; the pair also discussed marriage in hundreds of texts that officials intercepted. A half-pound of meth was also found in her car. [See: PLN, Nov. 2022, p.65.]

Missouri: Lincoln County Jail guard Shayna Haynes, 29, was arrested on January 19, 2024, for allegedly taking bribes to smuggle synthetic cannabinoids, or K2, to a detainee, the Elsberry Democrat reported. Jail officials spotted inconsistencies during body-camera video audits that corresponded in time to reports of detainee behavior consistent with drug use. Haynes was charged, given a $100,000 bond and placed in the jail, where she had worked about six months.

Nebraska: When Jaden McHugh, 36, was taken to the Lancaster County Jail on unspecified charges on New Years Day 2024, he took a “fighting stance” toward guards, they said. The Lincoln Journal-Star reported that three guards then tackled him to the ground, where he continued to struggle, punching an unnamed guard in the face and trying to disarm another of a Taser when it was used on the detainee. McHugh was charged with second-degree assault.

New Jersey: The office of state Attorney General Matt Platkin (D) announced on January 4, 2024, that Mercer County Correctional Facility guard Tyree L. Hobbs, 39, was indicted the month before for smuggling drugs to detainees at the lockup, in exchange for bribes ranging from $300 to $2,500. New Jersey Advance Media said the scheme lasted 50 months before Hobbs was suspended without pay in July 2022. He had worked for the County DOC just 10 months longer than that. If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison.

New Jersey: After seizing narcotics from a detainee during a strip search on January 12, 2024, an unnamed Atlantic County Jail guard took the drugs and the unnamed detainee to see Sgt. Fred Gilbert, 37—who then allegedly helped himself to the narcotics and coerced the guard into lying there were no drugs found when the official report was filed. WJLK in Asbury Park reported that Gilbert was arrested and charged with obstruction, misconduct, witness and evidence tampering, plus false reporting. Hired in 2008, he earned over $106,000 in 2023.

New Jersey: Three Pasaic County Jail guards were arrested on January 17, 2024, accused of beating a detainee in 2021 for splashing urine. The Patterson Press reported that Sgts. Jose Gonzalez, 45, and Donald Vinales, 38, retaliated for that by escorting the unnamed detainee to an off-camera area and beating him while he was handcuffed, filing a false report afterward. Fellow guard Lorenzo Bowden, 39, was charged with failing to intervene to stop the assault. All three allegedly met later with two other guards and agreed to “keep their mouths shut,” federal prosecutors added. They collect a total of more than $427,000 in annual pay.

New York: Oswego County News Now reported that former county jail guard Brandon S. Stone, 38, pleaded guilty on December 20, 2023, to having sex with an unnamed former detainee. But he won’t spend time in jail. Instead, Judge Thomas Reynolds handed down a one-year sentence, discharged on the condition that Stone completes 50 hours of community service and pays mandatory court fees. As PLN reported earlier, Stone was placed on leave in November 2022, after the relationship was discovered. [See: PLN, Jan. 2023, p.63.]He has since been fired.

New York: The son of a social media influencer who claimed he was mistreated in the Suffolk County Jail was charged on January 4, 2023, with assaulting a guard the previous month. CBS News reported that Veleda Spellman made online claims that her son, Steven Reid III, 27, was the victim in the incident on December 20, 2023, prompting Sheriff Errol Toulon Jr. to release surveillance video showing Reid throwing three punches at an unnamed 26-year-old guard. Suffolk County Correction Officers Association Pres. Louis Viscusi said that Reid, an admitted member of the Bloods gang, was reportedly upset over a delay in receiving a requested bar of soap. “Assaulting [a guard] is never the appropriate action for not receiving a hygiene product in time,” he said. The guard suffered facial injuries but subdued Reid with pepper spray. The detainee was also shot with a stun gun. He had been jailed on attempted murder charges after opening fire at a July 2023 candlelight vigil for a motorcycle accident victim, injuring two.

New York: Cayuga Correctional Facility guard Timothy Paoff was arrested on January 8, 2024, after a jail K-9 dog searched his personal property and allegedly turned up marijuana. He then resigned from the county Sheriff’s Office, WHCU in Ithaca reported.

New York: Noting his “well-documented buffoonery,” a federal judge freed state prisoner James Cromtie, 58, on January 19, 2024, thumping prosecutors who convicted him of leading a phony 2009 terror plot—which Judge Colleen McMahon called “inconceivable.” Rather, AP News reported, she said that Cromtie and the rest of the “Newburgh Four”—Onta Williams, David Williams and Laguerre Payen, all granted compassionate release in July 2023—were just “petty criminals” recruited by FBI confidential informant Shaheed Hussain to blow up synagogues and shoot down planes from the Newburgh National Guard base. “The real lead conspirator was the United States,” Judge McMahon declared, calling Hussain a “villain.” He also owns a limo company that in 2018 rented a faulty vehicle which crashed and killed 20 partygoers. For that, his son, Naumann Hussain, is now serving five-to-15 years in prison for manslaughter.

Ohio: For propositioning a 15-year-old for sex by phone, a former CoreCivic guard at Northeast Ohio Correctional Center was sentenced to just six months in prison on January 7, 2024, WFMJ in Lisbon reported. Some of the conversations between the teen and Richard Kosak, 32, occurred while the guard was on the job at the lockup, which CoreCivic operates under contract for the state Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections. Kosak could have gotten several years behind bars. After release he will have to register as a Tier 1 sex offender.

Pennsylvania: A married couple working as guards at George W. Hill Correctional Facility were detained in the lockup on $30,000 bail after they were discovered on January 4, 2024, with baggies that tested positive for fentanyl. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that Adham Diab, 43, and Lina Tarrab, 35, were arrested for attempted smuggling. Tarrab told investigators that the couple had a drug problem and had requested leave to enter drug rehab, but jail officials said they had no record of that. Another guard, Damon W. Joyner, 44, was arrested and charged with smuggling drugs to detainees in December 2022, as PLN also reported. [See: PLN, Feb. 2023, p.63.] Two other guards were arrested for similar schemes in 2021, before Delaware County reassumed control of the jail from its former private operator, Miami-based GEO Group, Inc.

Pennsylvania: CBS News reported that tipped-off Allegheny County Police officers reviewing county jail surveillance video on December 30, 2023, watched guard William Kemp III as he took 23 papers soaked in synthetic cannabinoids from his locker and left them in the bathroom at the lockup. Kemp was arrested on contraband and drug charges and jailed on $10,000 cash bail. Two weeks later and halfway across the state, the Altoona Mirror reported that former Blair County Prison guard Caleb John McGeary, 34, and a former detainee who is now a state prisoner, Brendan Poggi, 32, were awaiting trial for a 2023 drug-smuggling conspiracy. Poggi’s girlfriend, Jennifer R. Grimm, 41, pleaded guilty on January 16, 2024, to supplying meth to McGeary that he smuggled to Poggi for resale to fellow detainees. Grimm blamed her addiction for her crime. She was given the recommended sentence of three to 10 years in state prison.

Pennsylvania: Fired Westmoreland County Prison guard Brian J. Prinkey, 26, pleaded guilty on January 16, 2024, to unlocking a detainee’s cell in August 2022 and letting two fellow detainees inside to beat him, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported. The two attackers, Vincent T. Green, 32, and Nicholas Haynes, 27, pleaded guilty in 2023 to assaulting Efrain N. Fernandez, then 45. As PLN reported, jail surveillance video showed Prinkey opening Fernandez’s cell door for the pair, chatting with them briefly before walking away with a smile on his face. The guard was fired and arrested on charges of conspiracy and official oppression. [See: PLN, Jan. 2023, p.63.] At the time, Fernandez was awaiting trial for sexually assaulting a child in 2013, having gone on the run before being found in Mexico in July 2022, CBS News reported.

Texas: Bowie County Correctional Center guard Calyn Parker, 21, was arrested and fired on New Years Eve 2023, after she allegedly tried to smuggle tobacco and 58.7 grams of marijuana to an unnamed jail detainee, according to KSLA in Shreveport, Louisiana. The office of Bowie County Sheriff Jeff Neal said that two cellphones found in Parker’s car were also headed to detainees. She had worked less than a year at the lockup, over which the county just reassumed control in February 2021, after LaSalle Corrections exercised its option to terminate its management contract, as PLN reported. [See: PLN, Jan. 2024, p.20.]

Virginia: Acting on a tip, state DOC guards at River North Correctional Center searched the car of two women visiting a prisoner and turned up a trove of contraband. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported that the unnamed visitors were arrested for weapons and drug violations after guards found a loaded 9mm handgun in their vehicle, along with Buprenorphine, THC edibles, a bottle of kratom, a substance suspected to be methamphetamines, two syringes and a scale. A bag and spoon containing white powder and an unknown white substance were also found.

Washington: State prisoner Feletio Seiaute, 31, appeared in court on January 2, 2024, to face felony charges of assaulting a Washington State Penitentiary guard the previous summer. The Chehalis-Centralia Chronicle reported that the unnamed guard was watching prisoners return food trays in July 2023 when Seiaute allegedly punched him repeatedly, sending him to a hospital with facial injuries, broken teeth and no memory of the assault. Seiaute is already serving a 43-month term for a 2018 attack on another guard at Clallam Bay Corrections Center.  

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