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January 28, 2004 | By Elisa Ung INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Camden County inmate with a history of incarceration violence was charged yesterday with killing his cell mate. Joel Seidel, 65, of Cherry Hill, was found in his cell in the jail's mental health wing shortly before 8 a.m. Seidel died from multiple blunt trauma injuries to his head and body after allegedly being choked, beaten and stomped by Marvin Lister, 35, one of his two cell mates, according to Camden County Prosecutor Vincent P....
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June 24, 1997 | By Steve Ritea, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Brian Keith Sanders, who committed his first arson at age 11, his first robbery at 12, and his first rape at 13, will likely die behind prison walls, a Montgomery County judge assured yesterday in sentencing the 31-year-old Graterford inmate for the rape of his cell mate. "I can't argue about the things that I've done all my life," said Sanders, who wore sunglasses and an untucked prison-issue shirt to the hearing. "Right now, my heart is not to my heart's liking. " After reading aloud from a report that described Sanders as "a true sociopath who derives pleasure from the pain and humiliation he inflicts on others," Judge William T. Nicholas sentenced him to 25 to 50 more years in state prison.
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November 23, 1995 | By Clea Benson, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
On the day that Dennis Miller finished serving a sentence for holding a gun to his wife's head, he told his cell mate that he would be back in prison for killing her, according to an affidavit released yesterday. The affidavit said the cell mate, Michael Torres, told police that Miller was "obsessed" about Sherry Miller, who was found stabbed to death in her home on Monday. The court papers also said the couple's daughter, Barbara, 12, told police that her mother recently described the clothes she wanted to be buried in and "indicated that if Dennis killed her, she wanted to be buried as far away from him as possible.
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May 18, 2007 | By Troy Graham INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The horrific beating death of Joel Seidel by his criminally insane cell mate forced the Camden County jail to institute a raft of changes, and prodded police departments to rethink how they handle the mentally ill. Now the county will pay nearly $4 million to settle a federal lawsuit filed by Seidel's two grown daughters - an amount their lawyers called one of the largest ever in a case of its kind. "The Seidel family hopes that this settlement resonates . . . so that vulnerable inmates like Joel Seidel can be protected from senseless injuries and death," their attorney Tom Kline said.
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January 17, 2013 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
JARRATT, VA. - A man who strangled his prison cell mate and made good on a vow to continue killing if he wasn't executed has been put to death in Virginia's electric chair. Robert Gleason Jr. was pronounced dead by authorities at 9:08 p.m. Wednesday at the Greensville Correctional Center. The 42-year-old inmate was the first executed in the U.S. this year and the first to choose to die by electrocution since 2010. In Virginia and nine other states, inmates can choose between electrocution and lethal injection.
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August 22, 2002 | By Sam Wood INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Thai citizen who was being held in Philadelphia on charges that he smuggled prostitutes into the country was additionally charged yesterday with plotting to kill the FBI agent who put him behind bars, authorities said. Nantawat Naovasaisri, also known as Jack, was first arrested in October in San Diego. He was lodged in the Federal Detention Center in Philadelphia while awaiting trial in Camden on charges that he smuggled women from Thailand into the United States. The women were placed in massage parlors and brothels throughout the country, including Atlantic City, authorities said.
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November 6, 1998 | By Eddie Olsen, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In the 10th and final day of testimony, the prosecution wrapped up its case yesterday with a rebuttal witness who testified that the death of an unarmed corrections officer at Bayside State Prison last year was deliberate and purposeful - "a premeditated murder. " Timothy Michals, a forensic psychiatrist with Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, said his examination of Steven Beverly contradicted testimony from expert witnesses for the defense that suggested Beverly's actions were triggered by uncontrollable rage and that it was a crime of passion.
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December 8, 1993 | by Kathy Sheehan, Daily News Staff Writer
Seven shackled prisoners and one former prisoner painted a grim picture in federal court yesterday of life behind bars in four state prisons - days filled with beatings, stabbings and boredom. During incarceration, they testified: Sweeping floors for 15 minutes a day is considered prison employment. Inmate access to the law library to work on their cases is difficult. Stabbings and other assaults from both inmates and guards occur with regularity. Protection against stalking inmates comes only if the intended target opts to be locked in a cell for 23 hours a day with no access to therapeutic, educational, vocational and athletic programs.
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May 1, 1997 | By Scott Cech, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
In a sometimes-quavering voice, a slightly built inmate described in graphic detail for jurors yesterday how his former cell mate beat him, choked him into unconsciousness, then raped him two years ago in a Graterford Prison cell. An $80,000 settlement the inmate received last year in a federal civil suit against prison officials for the incident was beside the point, he said. "I want Mr. Sanders to get punished for what he did," the 26-year-old former Philadelphia resident said, referring to the former cell mate, Brian Keith Sanders, who is charged with rape and assault.
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July 8, 1988 | By Connie O'Kane, Special to The Inquirer
A former Fort Dix Army sergeant bragged in jail that he was going to get away with his wife's slaying because he had made it look like suicide, a former cell mate testified yesterday. The inmate, Samuel Lillie, said in Burlington County Superior Court that the defendant, Kenneth W. Smith, also said he would run from authorities if the case against him was too strong. "The man just feels so confident he's going to get away with it," said Lillie, recalling the way Smith acted when the two shared a cell in August 1987.
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January 17, 2013 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
JARRATT, VA. - A man who strangled his prison cell mate and made good on a vow to continue killing if he wasn't executed has been put to death in Virginia's electric chair. Robert Gleason Jr. was pronounced dead by authorities at 9:08 p.m. Wednesday at the Greensville Correctional Center. The 42-year-old inmate was the first executed in the U.S. this year and the first to choose to die by electrocution since 2010. In Virginia and nine other states, inmates can choose between electrocution and lethal injection.
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May 18, 2007 | By Troy Graham INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The horrific beating death of Joel Seidel by his criminally insane cell mate forced the Camden County jail to institute a raft of changes, and prodded police departments to rethink how they handle the mentally ill. Now the county will pay nearly $4 million to settle a federal lawsuit filed by Seidel's two grown daughters - an amount their lawyers called one of the largest ever in a case of its kind. "The Seidel family hopes that this settlement resonates . . . so that vulnerable inmates like Joel Seidel can be protected from senseless injuries and death," their attorney Tom Kline said.
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May 18, 2004 | By Kristen A. Graham INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Sizing up the washed-out white walls that smelled of disinfectant, the sea of yellow jumpsuits, and the accompanying hard stares of 30 inmates of the Camden County jail, Arthur Gooden smiled. "This is your Harvard," the former inmate told them yesterday. On hand to mark the sixth anniversary of Second Chance, an intensive on-site program that helps eligible inmates become drug-free and better educated, Gooden said it could be participants' best shot at turning their lives around.
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January 28, 2004 | By Elisa Ung INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Camden County inmate with a history of incarceration violence was charged yesterday with killing his cell mate. Joel Seidel, 65, of Cherry Hill, was found in his cell in the jail's mental health wing shortly before 8 a.m. Seidel died from multiple blunt trauma injuries to his head and body after allegedly being choked, beaten and stomped by Marvin Lister, 35, one of his two cell mates, according to Camden County Prosecutor Vincent P....
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October 24, 2003 | By Larry King INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
His presence in the Bucks County courtroom, and the trail that led him there, nearly overshadowed his testimony. Steven Carnivale - once a mobster from Bristol, now a federally protected witness - described yesterday a jailhouse confession that an alleged rapist allegedly made to him last summer when the two were cell mates. Carnivale testified in the trial of Roman Lungin, charged with raping a 17-year-old girl during a party at Lungin's house last year. Lungin, 21, of Lower Southampton, is also accused of penetrating the unconscious girl with household objects while partygoers laughed and videotaped it. Lungin contends the acts were consensual.
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August 22, 2002 | By Sam Wood INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Thai citizen who was being held in Philadelphia on charges that he smuggled prostitutes into the country was additionally charged yesterday with plotting to kill the FBI agent who put him behind bars, authorities said. Nantawat Naovasaisri, also known as Jack, was first arrested in October in San Diego. He was lodged in the Federal Detention Center in Philadelphia while awaiting trial in Camden on charges that he smuggled women from Thailand into the United States. The women were placed in massage parlors and brothels throughout the country, including Atlantic City, authorities said.
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August 18, 2000 | By Jan Hefler, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
An Edgewater Park man who told a judge Monday that he was trying to straighten out his life died in the Burlington County jail early yesterday in what authorities said was an apparent suicide. William DeSchamps, 45, had been jailed on a fourth-degree charge of possession of heroin when he apparently used a disposable razor to slit a major artery in his arm, authorities said. DeSchamps, who lived with his mother in the Cooper Valley Village Apartments, died in his cell at 12:53 a.m. after efforts to save him failed, said Augustus Mosca, a management specialist for the Burlington County Board of Freeholders, which runs the jail.
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November 6, 1998 | By Eddie Olsen, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In the 10th and final day of testimony, the prosecution wrapped up its case yesterday with a rebuttal witness who testified that the death of an unarmed corrections officer at Bayside State Prison last year was deliberate and purposeful - "a premeditated murder. " Timothy Michals, a forensic psychiatrist with Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, said his examination of Steven Beverly contradicted testimony from expert witnesses for the defense that suggested Beverly's actions were triggered by uncontrollable rage and that it was a crime of passion.
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October 28, 1997 | By Lubna Khan, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Dennis "Chubb" Miller showed no emotion yesterday when he was formally sentenced to die for the rape and murder of his wife, Sherry, in 1995. In imposing the sentence, Chester County Court Judge Howard F. Riley Jr. said he was troubled that Miller showed a lack of remorse for the killing. In a letter Miller wrote to the court, he placed the responsibility for the murder on his wife, Riley said. Miller was convicted of first-degree murder, rape and related charges after a non-jury trial that ended Oct. 1. Riley announced that Miller would get the death penalty, but he held off on the formal sentence so appeal periods from other related charges would run together.
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October 1, 1997 | By Rachel Smolkin, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
When Dennis "Chubb" Miller left prison in September 1995, he said a few final words to his friend and cell mate. "I'll be back for killing my wife," the friend testified yesterday that Miller told him. Two months later, Miller's wife, Sherry Miller, was found raped and stabbed to death in their Chatham home. Clad in prison garb and shackles, Michael David Torres testified yesterday in the second day of the nonjury Chester County Court trial of Miller, accused of killing his wife after years of threats and abuse.
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