For Kini Seawright, and all the other women who bury a loved one due to police or prison violence...

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Too many deaths in custody: Eyman homicide, and more.

Deaths in Custody Names Project
Resistance Alley, Phoenix.
May 30, 2011.

Look at how young all these guys are; I hope these don't turn out to be more suicides, too. My apologies to the families of these prisoners for the flippant tone of the following article; the writer is a careless jerk, for the most part. I'm sad to say that I'll be adding at least one of these names to the memorials I create as it is.

Our condolences to you all.

Please feel free to contact me at or 480-580-6807 if there's any way I can help. And please, please sue these people if there is cause - as in the homicide. The most fortified police institution in the state - charged with nothing less than protecting us from criminals - should be able to keep our prisoners safe from the real predators inside its walls - and help the vulnerable ones cope better with their own terror and despair.

- Peggy Plews


Four Arizona Prison Inmates Die in Four Days; One Suspected to Be Homicide

By James King, Wed.

From Phoenix New Times
Jun. 1 2011 at 2:55 PM

Emergency medical responders at Arizona prisons have had a busy week -- four inmates have died while in Arizona Department of Corrections custody in four days.

One of the deaths, DOC spokesman Barrett Marson tells New Times, is a suspected homicide.

Marson says the other three deaths are currently under investigation, but foul play is unlikely.

The first criminal to kick the bucket this week is 36-year-old Gilberto Lopez. Serving five years for escape, Lopez was found unresponsive in his cell at the Arizona State Prison Complex-Lewis Saturday night.

Inmate number two: 28-year-old Luis Moscoso-Hernandez. Doing a 27-year bid for second-degree murder and kidnapping, Moscoso-Hernandez was also found unresponsive in his cell at the ASPC-Eyman facility.

The third inmate to bite the dust in the past week is 31-year-old Christopher Rankhorn, who was serving a 6.5-year sentence for theft of means of transportation. Like the others, Rankhorn was found unresponsive in his cell, his at the ASPC-Tucson facility yesterday.

Also found dead yesterday was 25-year-old Jeremy Pompeneo. His death, DOC officials say, was an apparent homicide. Pompeno, a lifer who earned his time with a first-degree murder conviction, was found in his housing unit yesterday at the ASPC-Eyman.

All of the deaths, Marson reiterates, are under investigation.