PRISON

Purchase of Perry Co. Correctional Center Part of Governor’s Prison Plan

From the West Alabama Newsroom– Governor Ivey’s plan to address the state’s prison problems includes the purchase of an empty prison near Uniontown. Perry County Correctional Center has sat vacant for nearly a decade — but it could soon be the property of the state of Alabama. Purchasing the facility is part of the governor’s $1.3 billion dollar plan to…

Alabama Man Gets Prison for Pointing Laser at Helicopter

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – An Alabama man has been sentenced to eight months in federal prison for aiming a laser at a helicopter last year. U.S. District Judge Anna M. Manasco sentenced 27-year-old Gabriel Lopez Mathews, who pleaded guilty to the charge in April. U.S. Attorney Prim Escalona for the Northern District of Alabama said Wednesday in a news release…

Alabama Amending Execution Procedure to Allow Spiritual Advisor in Execution Chamber

In this November 2005 file photo, Larry Greene, public information director of the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility, demonstrates how a curtain is pulled between the death chamber and witness room at the prison in Lucasville, Ohio. Defense attorneys rushing to stop Ohio’s first execution in three years filed court documents Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016, arguing the state’s new 3-drug lethal…

Former House Speaker Mike Hubbard Transferred to State Prison

Former Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard has been moved to a state prison to serve time for his ethics convictions. Corrections records showed Thursday that Hubbard has been transferred into state custody from a county jail. But it’s not clear where he will be incarcerated for good. The state website indicated he was being taken to Draper Correctional Facility. A…

ADOC: Inmate Dies from Injuries in Assault at Atmore Prison

A state inmate has died after being assaulted by another prisoner. The Alabama Department of Corrections says Demarcus Fernando Harrison, 46, died last week from injuries sustained during an apparent inmate-on-inmate assault. Harrison’s exact cause of death is pending a full autopsy. The prison system said the assault at Fountain Prison in Atmore is under investigation. The U.S. Department of…

Montgomery Man Sentenced to 10 Years on Child Pornography Charges

Arrest Date: 3/15/18Charge(s): Porn Obscene Matter (10 counts) On Wednesday, August 26, Charles Bennett Salter III, 38, of Montgomery, was sentenced to 121 months (10 years) in prison after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography, announced United States Attorney Louis V. Franklin, Sr. The pronounced sentence in this case was at the very top of the federal sentencing guidelines….

Two Men Indicted in 2002 Murder of Run DMC’s Jam Master Jay

Two men have been indicted in the 2002 killing of hip hop artist Jam Master Jay, which until now had been one of New York City’s most notorious unsolved killings. The suspects were identified in court papers as Ronald Washington, who is currently serving a federal prison sentence stemming from a string of robberies he committed while on the run…

Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen Released from Prison to Serve Remaining Sentence on House Arrest

President Donald Trump’s longtime personal lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen was released from federal prison Thursday to serve the remainder of his sentence at home. Cohen has been serving a federal prison sentence at FCI Otisville in New York after pleading guilty to numerous charges, including campaign finance fraud and lying to Congress. Cohen arrived at his Manhattan apartment building…

Bibb Co. Man Sentenced to 17 Years for Killing Man in Argument Over Tattoo

A Bibb County man convicted of manslaughter has learned his fate. Charles Ryan Carroll was sentenced to 17 years for manslaughter. Carroll shot and killed Fonzo Cadell in an argument over a tattoo. Police say Cadell went to Carroll’s home to get a tattoo but Carroll refused due to being intoxicated. After an argument ensued, Carroll shot Cadell in the…