On Wednesday, California Department of Corrections officials announced a second death from a brutal incident.
As reported by SFGate.com, 41-year-old Jonathan Watson — who’s served 10 years of a life sentence for first degree murder and discharging a firearm causing great bodily injury of death — beat the heads of two of his fellow inmates with a cane last Thursday.
At the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison in Corcoran.
David Bobb, 48, died on the way to the hospital. As for Graham De Luis-Conti, 62, he was pronounced dead Sunday.
According to KMPH, the savagery occurred around 2:30 p.m.
Portrait of the killer; he looks like a happy-go-lucky fella, but I’m guessing he’s not:
Officials said on Thursday, 41-year-old Jonathan Watson attacked two inmates with a weapon at California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison in Corcoran. Both inmates suffered head wounds and were taken to a local medical center.https://t.co/fvHFCaGra3
— KTVQ – Q2 News (@KTVQ) January 18, 2020
It could, of course, be a coincidence, but both of the deceased were serving life sentences for sexual assault of a child under 14 years old.
And, despite the nomenclature of “life,” both had been granted the possibility of parole.
As far as the odds go, their stats weren’t helping any: In 2015, The Guardian stated that male sex offenders comprise about 15% of the California prison population. However, they make up 30 percent of those killed while in the joint.
Cali’s not too great at protecting its incarcerated:
California state prisoners are killed at a rate that is double the national average…
It’s a rough place to live:
In some cases, they have been killed among the general prison population and, in others, within the special units by violence-prone cellmates. Officials acknowledge that those units, which also house inmates trying to quit gangs, have spawned their own gangs.
And due to governmental moves, the Golden State’s made its prison particularly lovely:
Corrections officials [blame] a rise in the prison homicide rate on an overhaul meant to reduce crowding. As part of the effort, the state in 2011 began keeping lower-level offenders in county lockups, leaving prisons with a higher percentage of sex offenders and violent gang members.
Jonathan’s serving life with the possibility of parole, too.
SATF’s Investigative Services Unit and the Kings County Coroner’s Office are investigating.
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