Monday, March 23, 2015

Condemned inmate Teofilo Medina Jr. dies of natural causes

VACAVILLE – Condemned inmate Teofilo Medina Jr., 70, was pronounced dead of natural causes on Sunday, March 22, 2015, at 7:30 a.m. at California Medical Facility while on hospice care.

Medina was sentenced to death on February 25, 1987, in Orange County and September 7, 1989, in Riverside County for killing three convenience-store and gas-station clerks during a 1984 robbery spree that netted him less than $450. Medina began his robbery and killing spree less than three months after his release from the Arizona Department of Corrections where he had served a term for rape. Medina also received a death sentence in Riverside County for a fourth slaying.  Medina had been on death row since March 7, 1987.

Since 1978 when California reinstated capital punishment, 67 condemned inmates have died from natural causes, 23 have committed suicide, 13 have been executed in California, one was executed in Missouri, six have died from other causes and two are pending the causes of death.  There are 751 people on California’s death row.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MARCH 23, 2015
   
CONTACT: LT. ANDRE GONZALES
(707) 449-6509
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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Condemned inmate Leon Chauncey Cooper dies of unknown causes

SAN QUENTIN – Condemned inmate Leon Chauncey Cooper, 54, who was on California’s death row from Sacramento County, was pronounced dead Wednesday, March 18, 2015, at 4:40 p.m. at a nearby hospital.  The cause of death is unknown pending the results of an autopsy. Cooper was single-celled.

Cooper was sentenced to death on May 25, 2001, by a Sacramento County jury for the March 26, 1998, rape and murder of 15-year-old LaRhonda Johnson, a Florin High School sophomore, who was his stepdaughter.  A convicted sex offender, Cooper had been previously convicted of sexual battery in 1996 upon Johnson's 18-year-old sister. Cooper had been on death row since June 13, 2001.

Since 1978 when California reinstated capital punishment, 66 condemned inmates have died from natural causes, 23 have committed suicide, 13 have been executed in California, one was executed in Missouri, six have died from other causes and two are pending the cause of death. There are 752 people on California’s death row.

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March 19, 2015

CONTACT: LT. SAM ROBINSON
(415) 455-5008
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Monday, March 16, 2015

Female Inmate Who Walked Away from El Monte Residential Treatment Facility Apprehended

EL MONTE— An inmate who walked away from an El Monte Residential Treatment Facility last Friday is now back in California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) custody. Breana Armstard, 23, turned herself in Saturday night to the El Segundo Police Department which then booked her into Los Angeles County Jail.

Armstard had been participating in the Alternative Custody Program (ACP) at the El Monte Female Offender Treatment and Employment Program facility since January 5 and was due to parole on April 15. She will now continue her sentence at the California Institution for Women in Corona.

ACP is a voluntary program developed for female non-violent, non-serious and non-registerable sex offense inmates which allows them to serve up to the last 24 months of their sentence in the community in lieu of confinement in state prison. Eligible participants may be housed in a private residence, a transitional care facility or a residential drug or other treatment program.

Armstard was committed to CDCR on December 20, 2013 from Los Angeles County to serve a two-year, eight-month sentence for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, her second strike.

The El Monte FOTEP provides a smooth transition for female offenders from custody to the community, focusing on intensive, gender-responsive counseling services. The goal of the FOTEP is to reduce recidivism through substance abuse treatment services, family reunification, vocational training, and employment services.

Of all offenders who have escaped from an adult institution, camp or community-based program since 1977, 98.7 percent have been apprehended.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 16, 2015

CONTACT: DANA SIMAS
(916) 445-4950

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