Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Homicide of Salinas Valley State Prison Inmate Under Investigation

SOLEDAD – Salinas Valley State Prison (SVSP) investigators are investigating an incident that left one inmate dead and another injured.

The incident occurred just after 2:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 29, on one of the prison’s maximum security-yards when four inmates attacked two inmates with prisoner-made weapons. The assailants disregarded orders from correctional officers to stop their attack. Officers quickly intervened using chemical agents and non-lethal weapons to quell the attack. Both victims sustained multiple lacerations.

Inmate Barry Storey, 39, committed from Sacramento County, succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at the prison. The second victim was taken by ambulance to an area hospital for treatment; his condition at this time is unknown. The second victim’s identity is being withheld pending next-of-kin notification.

SVSP investigators identified James Perkuhn, 48, Todd Morgan, 47, Jeffery Bruggman, 30 and William McIntosh, 41, as the suspects in the attack.

Perkuhn is serving a 25-years-to-life sentence from Monterey County for first-degree murder. Morgan is serving a 25-years-to-life sentence from Santa Clara County for second-degree robbery and burglary. Bruggman is serving a term of 18-years from Sacramento County for second-degree robbery. McIntosh is serving a 25-years-to-life sentence from Tulare County for first-degree murder and second-degree murder.

Inmates Storey was being tried in Monterey County for the September 15, 2012, homicide of inmate Edgar Sultan.

SVSP administrators have limited inmate movement on the facility where the incident occurred to facilitate the investigation.

SVSP opened May 1996 on approximately 300 acres in Monterey County. The institution provides long-term housing for 3,530 minimum- and maximum-custody male inmates and employs 1,395 people.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Walk-Aways from Mountain Home Conservation Camp Apprehended

Springville — The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) took inmates Albert Robiatti, 32, and Shawn Hance, both minimum-security inmates who walked away from the Mountain Home Conservation Camp #10 on December 23, 2014, into custody after they were apprehended by CDCR staff on December 23, 2014.

Hance was apprehended at approximately 7:20 a.m. near the camp and was transported to Sierra Conservation Center for placement into a higher custody level.

Robiatti was apprehended at approximately 2:47 p.m. just outside the Mountain Home Camp in Springville, California and transported to Sierra Conservation Center.

Hance was committed from Kern County in November 2012, to serve a five-year, four-month sentence for vehicle theft and evading the police.

Robiatti was committed from Orange County in August 2003, to serve a 16-year, four-month sentence for vehicle theft, possession of a controlled substance, and second-degree burglary.

This matter will be referred to the Tulare County District Attorney’s Office for prosecution.

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


DECEMBER 23, 2014
(209) 984-5291 EXTENSION 5499

Inmates Walk Away from Mountain Home Conservation Camp

SPRINGVILLE, CA – California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) officials are looking for two minimum-security inmates who walked away from the Mountain Home Conservation Camp, located near the community of Springville, in Tulare County. 

Inmate Albert J. Robiatti, 32, CDCR# V02730, was last seen in his assigned dorm at approximately 11:30 p.m. during an informal camp count. Camp staff searched the inmate dormitory area, surrounding buildings and the camp perimeter after he was discovered missing. At approximately 2:00 a.m. inmate Shawn K. Hance, 28, CDCR# AE2826, was also discovered to be missing during an informal count. All local law enforcement agencies have been notified and are assisting in the search for both inmates.  Apprehension efforts are continuing. 

Inmate Albert J. Robiatti is described as a Hispanic male, 6’0”, 165 pounds, with black hair - but currently shaved - and brown eyes.  Inmate Robiatti was committed to CDCR for possession of a firearm by a felon.  He was scheduled to be released on February 1, 2018.

Inmate Shawn K. Hance is described as a white male, 5’6”, 160 pounds, with blonde or strawberry hair and hazel eyes. Inmate Hance was committed to CDCR for vehicle theft and evading the police. He was scheduled to be released on June 5, 2016. 

Anyone knowing the location of either inmate Albert J. Robiatti, or Shawn K. Hance, or having other relevant information is asked to contact the Mountain Home Conservation Camp Commander at (559) 539-2334, or the Sierra Conservation Center Watch Commander at (209) 984-5291, extension 5439.

December 23, 2014                           

Contact:  Lt. Bolls                                    
(559) 539-2334

Monday, December 15, 2014

CDCR, CAL FIRE to Staff Ventura Fire Camp

SACRAMENTO –To strengthen wildfire protection in a crucial stretch of coastal Southern California, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and CAL FIRE today jointly announced that they will return inmate fire crews full-time to a Ventura County camp that has been used sporadically in recent years.

The first of what is ultimately anticipated to be 100 inmate fire fighters are expected to arrive at Ventura Camp # 46 in Camarillo by December 17.

Formerly known as the S. Carraway Public Service and Fire Center, the conservation camp had been staffed with juvenile offender fire fighters between 1990 and 2011, when a declining number of incarcerated juveniles forced the camp to consolidate with another in Amador County.  Since then, CAL FIRE has staged inmate fire crews at the site temporarily when they were needed.

“Returning these crews permanently to Ventura will reinforce our ability to protect a highly populated region that is vulnerable to fire danger,” noted Jeffrey Beard, Secretary of Corrections and Rehabilitation, who noted that the inmate fire crews closest to the region are assigned to CALFIRE camps in San Luis Obispo and Palmdale, both more than 100 miles away.

“We are excited to be able to have the inmate staffing to increase not only the region’s fire protection, but also the brush clearance projects in which the crews will perform,” said Chief Ken Pimlott, CAL FIRE Director.  “These inmates will go through a rigorous fire training program and become a key component to California’s fire response.” 

The state’s 4,300 inmate fire fighters are critical to controlling wildfires across the state. This year, inmate fire crews responded to well over 5,500 wildfires, which is 1,000 more wildfires than in a typical year.  When they are not working to contain wildfires, inmate crews perform community service projects year-round, including brush-clearing projects to reduce fire danger.

CDCR has supplied inmate fire fighters to CAL FIRE since 1946.  Only inmates convicted of low level felonies, with records of good behavior, who can meet the physical requirements of the rigorous work, and who are within two to five years of their release date are accepted as firefighters.  They are housed in 39 CAL FIRE camps across the state and five Los Angeles County camps and are closely supervised when they work on projects in the community.
The move to restore full time crews to Ventura was supported by local officials.  “I believe a fully functioning camp in Ventura County will provide vital resources that will benefit all of our residents,” said Geoff Dean, Ventura County Sheriff.

Kathy Long, Ventura County Supervisor, supported the recommendation of Sheriff Dean and Ventura County Fire Chief Mark Lorenzen to revive the staffing at the camp.  “This local resource is critical to uphold our commitment to protect Ventura County residents and their property from the effects of natural disasters in this high risk community,” said Long.    

For more information, contact Bill Sessa, CDCR, at (916) 445-4950, or Dan Berlant, CAL FIRE, at (916) 651-3473.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Condemned inmate Michael Lee Elliot dies of unknown causes

SAN QUENTIN –Condemned inmate Michael Lee Elliot, 55, who was on California’s death row from Sacramento County, was pronounced dead yesterday, December 8, 2014, at 3:46 p.m., at a nearby hospital.  The cause of death is unknown pending the results of an autopsy.  Elliot was single-celled.

Elliot was sentenced to death on October 31, 1996, by a Sacramento County jury for the June 1, 1994, murder and attempted robbery of bartender Sherri Gandy, who was killed during the early morning hours at the Black Stallion bar in Orangevale. Elliot had been on death row since November 6, 1996.

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 one is pending a cause of death. There are 749 people on California’s death row.

December 9, 2014    

(415) 455-5008


Pleasant Valley State Prison Correctional Officer Dies While on Duty

COALINGA – Correctional Officer Donald Daniel, 47, was pronounced deceased this morning at Coalinga Regional Medical Center.

Officer Daniel reported for duty at Pleasant Valley State Prison (PVSP) and informed his supervisor he was experiencing chest pains. An emergency medical response was initiated. He was transported to a local area hospital where he later died.

Officer Daniel, a 19-year veteran of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), is survived by his wife and two children.

“On behalf of the entire CDCR family, I want to extend my deepest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Officer Daniel as they mourn this tragic loss,” said CDCR Secretary Jeff Beard. “We have lost a dedicated member of our team today who was committed to protecting and serving the people of California.”

Officer Daniel began his career with CDCR on Nov. 11, 1995. After graduating from the Basic Correctional Officer Academy, he was assigned to PVSP on Dec. 25, 1995.

December 8, 2014   

CONTACT: Lt. Ryan Anderson
(559) 935-4972


Monday, December 8, 2014

CDCR helps parolees find health coverage

SACRAMENTO — Emphasizing its commitment to offender rehabilitation and long-term success after incarceration, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) has ramped up efforts to ensure that parolees obtain health coverage.
“The benefits of receiving health care services, including primary health care, dental care, mental health and substance abuse services, are immeasurable for our parolee population,” said Dan Stone, Director of CDCR’s Division of Adult Parole Operations (DAPO).

In July, DAPO and the Division of Rehabilitative Programs (DRP) began robust outreach efforts to assist female parolees in obtaining health insurance coverage under the expanded eligibility criteria in the Affordable Care Act. That effort included developing county-specific Resource Guides and community resource fairs to encourage enrollment and provide referrals and assistance.
“Staying healthy is an important part of rehabilitation,” said Millicent Tidwell, DRP Director. “That includes treating mental health and substance abuse issues. By assisting parolees in obtaining coverage, CDCR is helping keep communities safe.”
Following the successful outreach effort, nearly every female parolee in California now has health coverage or is on her way to obtaining it.

From Aug. 1 through Sept. 30, staff followed up with California’s 3,455 female parolees to determine who was already covered and who was eligible for Medi-Cal, and to provide continued assistance in getting coverage. Today, 93 percent of the female parolee population either has health coverage (77 percent) or is in the process of obtaining coverage (16 percent). These outcomes do not include female parolees who were in custody, at large or otherwise unreachable.
For more information, contact Krissi Khokhobashvili at (916) 445-4950.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Condemned inmate Charles Keith Richardson dies of natural causes

SAN QUENTIN – Condemned inmate Charles Keith Richardson, 52, died of natural causes today, December 2, 2014, at the Correctional Treatment Center at California State Prison-Corcoran.

Richardson was sentenced to death on October 7, 1992, by a Tulare County jury for the December 3, 1988, rape and murder of 11-year-old April Holley. Richardson had been on death row since October 13, 1992.

Richardson’s crime partner, condemned inmate Steven Allen Brown, 46, was also sentenced to death in Tulare County for Holley’s murder and has been on death row since March 1, 1996.

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 and six have died from other causes. There are 749 people on California’s death row.

December 2, 2014    
(415) 455-5008