TX - Officer Mari Johnson, 55, found slain at Abilene prison, 16 July 2016

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    http://www.odmp.org/officer/22905-corrections-officer-mari-johnson

    According to a press release from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, 55-year-old Correctional Officer Mari Johnson was found unresponsive near the kitchen area of the Robertson Unit in Abilene, Texas, around 5 a.m. Saturday. She was transported to the Hendrick Medical Center where she was declared dead.

    http://www.people.com/article/femal...as-prison-homicide-investigation-mari-johnson

    Correctional Officer Death at the Robertson Unit


    (Abilene, TX) – On Saturday, July 16, 2016, at approximately 3 a.m., a Correctional Officer at the Robertson Unit in Abilene, Texas, was found unresponsive near the kitchen area of the prison. Life saving measures were immediately initiated and 55 year old Correctional Officer Mari Johnson was transported to Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene where she was pronounced deceased. The Office of Inspector General – TDCJ is investigating the incident as a homicide.


    "Correctional officers have one of the most difficult jobs in all of state government protecting the public from dangerous individuals," said Brad Livingston, Executive Director of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. "Each day thousands of men and women in gray are carrying out that critical mission. This is a tragic reminder that carrying out that mission can lead to the ultimate sacrifice. Ms. Johnson made the ultimate sacrifice to keep this state safe. She will never be forgotten. We will see that the offender who committed this cowardly act is held accountable."


    "In times like these, it's difficult to put into words the loss felt by the department when a correctional officer dies in the line of duty," said Dale Wainwright, Chairman of the Texas Board of Criminal Justice. "I ask the public to remember their acts of unselfishness, remember their many acts of courage, and remember the dedication and commitment demonstrated every day by correctional officers. Please pray for this officer's friends, family, and the department during this time."


    Investigators with the Office of Inspector General – TDCJ are at the location and processing the crime scene. As this is an ongoing criminal investigation, the agency will not be releasing any additional information at this time.


    Officer Johnson began employment with the agency in August 2009.

    http://www.tdcj.state.tx.us/announcements/announce_officer_death.html

    “The state of Texas mourns for Mari Johnson, a correctional officer who was senselessly murdered last night by an inmate,” Texas Gov. Greg Abbott posted to Twitter on Saturday night.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/mari-johnson-prison-guard-texas_us_578b3545e4b03fc3ee512c16

    [video=twitter;754415552399941633]https://twitter.com/GregAbbott_TX/status/754415552399941633[/video]
     
  4. tlcya

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    'Texas will ensure the perpetrator receives swift justice, and TDCJ has been instructed to take all necessary measures to enhance the safety of their staff to prevent such tragedies.'
    Johnson's death comes a year after the last on-duty slaying of a Texas corrections officer.
    Timothy Davison, 38, was attacked by an inmate in July 2015 at the Telford Unit near Texarkana in far northeast Texas.




    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...tions-officer-Texas-prison.html#ixzz4EmnGhV3N
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    https://www.texastribune.org/2016/07/18/prisons-agency-says-inmate-sex-offender-killed-cor/

    Murder of a corrections officer is a capital offense in Texas, punishable by LWOP or the death penalty.
     
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    Wow !!! I think sexual offenders, murderers, kidnappers (basically anyone who causes death or serious harm to anyone) should NOT have special privileges like working in the kitchen or the laundry while in jail! Why should they be allowed to pass the time doing anything?? They should have to sit there and deal with what they've done! Those privileges should be going to the people who might actually have a chance of turning their life around and becoming members of society... All this is JMO...


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    R.i.p Mari

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    *related*

    http://www.ktxs.com/news/former-corrections-officer-says-robertson-unit-understaffed/50396255
     
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    From last month:

    State seeks death penalty for man accused of killing correctional officer

    http://www.ktxs.com/news/state-seeks-death-penalty-for-man-accused-of-killing-correctional-officer/358113704

    https://www.correctionsone.com/capital-punishment/articles/295732187-State-seeks-death-penalty-in-death-of-Texas-CO/

     

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