United States Penitentiary, Beaumont

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United States Penitentiary, Beaumont
USP Beaumont.jpg
LocationJefferson County, near Beaumont, Texas
StatusOperational
Security classHigh-security
Population1,328 (April 2022)
Opened1998
Managed byFederal Bureau of Prisons
WardenCharles Daniels

The United States Penitentiary, Beaumont (USP Beaumont) is a high security United States federal prison for male inmates in unincorporated Jefferson County, Texas.[1] 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.[2]

Notable incidents[edit]

1999 inmate murder[edit]

On December 16, 1999, inmates Arzell Gulley and David Lee Jackson began arguing with another inmate, Darryl Brown. The argument resulted in Gulley and Jackson chasing Brown into a housing unit with "shanks", until they cornered him in a cell. The duo then stabbed Brown a total of 11 times, killing him. Autopsy found that a single knife strike hit Brown's left lung, resulting in his death. Gulley and Jackson were both indicted for the murder of Brown in 2005 and sentenced to life in prison. Gulley is currently serving his sentence at USP Lee, while Jackson is at USP Pollock.[3]

2001 inmate murder[edit]

On January 5, 2001, inmate Luther Plant was beaten and stomped to death by inmate Shannon Wayne Agofksy in an exercise cage. Plant was serving a 15-year sentence for drug offences while Agofsky was serving a life sentence for armed robbery of a bank, and the subsequent kidnapping and murder of the bank president in Noel, Missouri. Autopsy revealed that Plant suffered numerous injuries including a crushed neck, abrasions on his head, a broken jaw and nose, hemorrhaging around both eyes, 4 broken teeth, and internal bleeding in the lungs, trachea, esophagus, and stomach. Agofsky was convicted of Plant's murder in 2004 and sentenced to death, he is currently on death row at USP Terre Haute.[4][5]

2005 inmate murder[edit]

On May 7, 2005, inmates Marwin Mosley and Joseph Ebron entered the cell of inmate Keith Barnes where Ebron held Barnes down as Mosley stabbed him 106 times, killing him. Barnes was incarcerated for murder and conspiracy to rob, however, he became a target for Mosley and Ebron due to his testimony against a co-defendant for a reduced sentence. Mosley committed suicide in prison in 2006, and Ebron was charged with first-degree murder in the case and sentenced to death in 2009. Additionally, Michael Bacote, the inmate who acted as the lookout during the homicide was charged with second-degree murder and sentenced to 28 years in prison. Ebron is currently housed on death row at USP Terre Haute, while Bacote is serving his sentence at USP Allenwood.[6][7]

2007 inmate murder[edit]

On November 28, 2007, correction officers were escorting inmates Mark Snarr (11093-081) and Edgar Garcia (28132-177) 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 (09304-007) 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.[8][9] They are currently being held on death row at USP Terre Haute.[10][11]

2008 inmate murder[edit]

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 (58827-066) and Harry Lee Napper (32403-037), 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.[12] 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.[13][14] Napper received a decades-long sentence.[15] Sweeney is now at USP Canaan, and Napper is at USP McCreary.

2014 inmate murder[edit]

On March 3, 2014, inmates Ricky Fackrell and Christopher Cramer stabbed inmate Leo Johns to death. Fackrell, Cramer, and Johns were all members of the white supremacist prison gang Soldiers of Aryan Culture (SAC). Fackrell and Cramer decided they needed to punish Johns for gambling and drinking, activities that are prohibited for SAC members. Defense counsel for Fackrell claimed that the men only agreed to assault Johns, however, both men were convicted of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder and sentenced to death in 2018. Fackrell and Cramer were initially housed at ADX Florence, but transferred to USP Terre Haute after sentencing.[16][17]

2022 fatal altercation[edit]

On the morning of Monday, January 31, 2022, multiple MS-13 members began attacking associates of the Mexican Mafia and the Surenos. Although officers responded quickly, four inmates were severely injured and taken to the hospital. Of them, 34-year-old Andrew Pineda and 54-year-old Guillermo Riojas would later be pronounced dead. In the aftermath of the deadly fight, the United States Bureau of Prisons enacted a lockdown across the entire Federal Prison network.[18][19] On April 7, 2022, 7 members of MS-13 were charged with racketeering conspiracy, murder in aid of racketeering, and other offences related to the brawl. The indictment named Juan Carlos Rivas-Moreiera, Dimas Alfaro-Granados, Rual Landaverde-Giron, Larry Navarete, Jorge Parada, Hector Ramires, and Sergio Sibrian as defendants.[20]

Notable inmates (current and former)[edit]

Inmate Name Register Number Sentence Details
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.[21][22][23]
Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez 33230-068 Serving a 25-year sentence; scheduled for release in 2033. Pleaded guilty to terrorism and weapons offenses for using a semi-automatic rifle to fire at least eight rounds at the White House on November 11, 2011 in an attempt to kill President Barack Obama, who he believed was the antichrist.
Oscar Wyatt 39314-179 Released from custody in 2008; served 1 year at the minimum-security prison camp.[24] 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.[25]
Shukri Baker 32589-177 Serving a 65-year sentence; scheduled for release in 2064. CEO of the Holy Land Foundation, at the time the largest Muslim Charity in the USA. Found guilty of money laundering & funding a foreign terrorist organization, Hamas.
Stephen Ernest Stockman 23502-479 Served 2 years of a 10-year sentence, received a presidential pardon from President Donald J Trump on December 22, 2020. Former United States Congressman for Texas's 36th congressional district, sentenced on November 17th 2018 for 24 felony counts including money laundering, mail and wire fraud, and falsification of records. Additionally ordered to pay $1,014,718.51 in restitution.
Willis Mark Haynes 35389-037 Serving life in prison without parole, plus 45 years. Haynes was convicted for shooting and killing three women on the Patuxent Research Refuge in Prince George's County, Maryland. His accomplice, Dustin Higgs, received a death sentence for his involvement in the crime, and was executed on January 16, 2021.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  13. ^ Justin Fenton (2012-09-26). "Prison gang leader pleads guilty, promises to continue to defy government - tribunedigital-baltimoresun". Articles.baltimoresun.com. Retrieved 2015-10-12.
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  18. ^ “Federal prisons remain locked down from coast to coast after deadly fight in Texas” Dennis Romero and Michael Kosnar, NBC News
  19. ^ “Two Texas inmates killed at Beaumont federal prison in fight involving MS-13”, Michael Balsamo and Michael R. Sisak, Fox 4/WKDA
  20. ^ "7 MS-13 MEMBERS CHARGED WITH DOUBLE MURDER INSIDE FEDERAL PENITENTIARY IN BEAUMONT, TEXAS RESULTING IN NATIONWIDE LOCKDOWN OF FEDERAL PRISON SYSTEM". www.justice.gov. 2022-04-07. Retrieved 2022-07-22.
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  22. ^ Associated Press (October 23, 2012). "Former Costa Rican businessman convicted in $485M fraud scheme sentenced in Va. to 60 years". Fox News. Retrieved 15 May 2013.
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  24. ^ Fowler, Tom (January 2, 2008). "Oscar Wyatt reports to prison in Beaumont". Houston Chronicle. Hearst Newspapers, LLC. Archived from the original on January 3, 2008. Retrieved October 9, 2022.
  25. ^ Kearney, Christine (2007-11-27). "Texas oilman Wyatt sentenced to year in prison". Reuters. Retrieved 2015-10-12.

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Coordinates: 29°57′52″N 94°04′46″W / 29.96444°N 94.07944°W / 29.96444; -94.07944