United States Penitentiary, Beaumont
|Location||Jefferson County, near Beaumont, Texas|
|Managed by||Federal Bureau of Prisons|
The United States Penitentiary, Beaumont (USP Beaumont) is a high-security United States federal prison for male inmates in Texas. It is part of the Federal Correctional Complex, Beaumont (FCC Beaumont) and is operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, a division of the United States Department of Justice.
FCC Beaumont is located approximately 100 miles (160 km) east of Houston.
2007 inmate murder
On November 28, 2007, correction officers were escorting inmates Mark Snarr and Edgar Garcia to their cells at the USP Beaumont. When they arrived, Snarr and Garcia slipped from their restraints, repeatedly stabbed both correction officers with homemade prison knives known as shanks, and took the officers' cell keys.
Snarr and Garcia then unlocked the cell of inmate Gabriel Rhone and stabbed Rhone over 50 times. Additional officers arrived and used chemical agents to stop the attack, which lasted several minutes and was captured on surveillance camera. The wounded corrections officers and Rhone were transported to a local hospital, where Rhone was pronounced dead. The officers were treated and survived.
Attorneys for Snarr and Garcia claimed that Rhone had repeatedly threatened to kill their clients and that prison officials had failed to respond to those threats. However, Snarr and Garcia were subsequently convicted of murder and both were sentenced to death on May 24, 2010. They are currently being held at the United States Penitentiary, Terre Haute, a high-security facility in Indiana which houses federal death row.
2008 inmate murder
On February 12, 2008, USP Beaumont staff discovered the body of a 29-year-old inmate, Ronald Joseph, in his cell. An autopsy showed that Joseph died from asphyxia due to ligature strangulation or compression of the neck. Further investigation identified James Sweeney and Harry Lee Napper, both inmates at USP Beaumont, as suspects in the murder. Sweeney and Napper were indicted and charged with first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder, and second-degree murder on May 4, 2011. In 2012, Sweeney pleaded guilty to racketeering and murder charges for leading the prison gang Dead Man Incorporated in exchange for the murder charge being dismissed and was sentenced to life in prison. Napper received a decades-long sentence.
|Inmate Name||Register Number||Status||Details|
|Tewhan Butler||26852-050||Serving a 30-year sentence; scheduled for release in 2029.||Leader of the Bloods street gang in Newark, New Jersey; pleaded guilty in 2006 to racketeering and conspiracy for directing gang activities including murder and drug trafficking; the case was supervised by then-US Attorney Chris Christie, current Governor of New Jersey.|
|Mohamud Hirs Issa Ali||77998-083||Serving a life sentence.||Somali pirate; pleaded guilty in 2011 to piracy for hijacking the SY Quest and taking hostages for ransom in 2010. Four hostages were killed during the incident. Nine other pirates are serving life sentences at other federal facilities.|
|Michael O'Keefe, Sr.||17048-034||Serving a 19-year sentence; scheduled for release in 2016.||President of the Louisiana State Senate from 1976 to 1983; convicted in 1999 of money laundering, mail fraud, wire fraud and conspiracy for stealing from a malpractice insurance company, leaving hundreds of physicians without coverage.|
|Adley Abdulwahab||77373-279||Serving a 60-year sentence; scheduled for release in 2071.||Hedge fund manager and part owner of A&O Resources Management; convicted in 2011 of stealing $100 million from 800 victims by misrepresenting details about the company and concealing his prior criminal history; several co-conspirators were also sentenced to prison; the story was featured on the CNBC television program American Greed.|
|Oscar Wyatt||39314-179||Released from custody in 2008 after serving 1 year at the minimum-security prison camp.||Founder of the now-defunct Coastal Corporation in Texas; pleaded guilty in 2007 to wire fraud for paying kickbacks to Saddam Hussein's regime in order to win lucrative oil contracts from Iraq; part of the United Nations Oil-for-Food Program debacle.|
- BOP: USP Beaumont
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