"And what does the LORD require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God"
-- Micah 6:8

"The duty of the prosecutor is to seek justice, not merely to convict."
-- American Bar Association Standard 3-1.2(c)

"There may be a legitimate diversity of opinion even among Catholics about waging war and applying the death penalty, but not however with regard to abortion and euthanasia."
--Pope Benedict XVI, June 2004

Thursday, January 20, 2011

The Gleason Story, Chapter II

In June of 2009 I posted about a Virginia inmate, Robert Gleason, Jr. Now follow this:

Gleason was convicted of a 2008 murder (having said of his victim in that case that what happened was “what needed to be done.”). Sentenced for that murder, he was serving a sentence in one of Virginia's super max prisons. While in prison there, in May of 2009 he beat and strangled his cellmate to death because the man was singing, screaming, and acting obnoxiously. After that murder he said: "I'm gonna do it again. Someone needs to stop it." He was to be sentenced for the 2009 behind-bars murder on February 22, 2011.

But in the interim, he has made good on his threat and has been indicted for murdering a fellow inmate on July 28, 2010. "Gleason told The Associated Press he convinced Cooper [the victim] to try on a necklace while both were in separate cages in the recreation yard and then he strangled him."

In a super max prison for murder, and he murders not one, but two fellow inmates.

What, short of the death penalty, would render this man harmless to those around him?


;itigation solicitor cheshire said...

This is really shocking, to commit murder once whilst in jail is shocking but to do it twice.... unbelievable. I think he needs to be kept in complete solitary confinement if they do not implement a death penalty as you suggest.

Kent said...

Unfortunately, this story is not uncommon. In 1994 I prosecuted Jason Van Brumwell for a brutal murder in conjunction with a convenience store robbery. We sought the death penalty and the jury decided to sentence him to life in prison. In 2003 he used a homemade knife to kill a prisoner in the facility where he was held. In addition to that murder, he had logged five major disciplinary incidents since being sent to prison--including shanking a prisoner in the eye. Brumwell is now (finally) on death row for the most recent killing.

expat divorce said...

I'm really shocked at Kent's comment, I had no idea tat situations like this were fairly common. It makes me rethink my opinions on life sentances and the death penalty.