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Fla. Corrections Officer Fatally Stabbed by Inmate

March 19, 2012  | 

A Florida corrections officer was fatally stabbed on Sunday by an inmate serving a life sentence for murder, the agency announced.

Sgt. Ruben Thomas, 24, was stabbed in the neck with a shank by Richard Franklin while on duty at the Columbia Correctional Institution near Lake City in northern Florida. Thomas had worked for the Florida Department of Corrections for six years.

A second officer, William Brewer, was also assaulted. Brewer was treated and released but requires additional medical attention.

"Sgt. Thomas is described as a solid and highly respected member of the agency and will be remembered in the highest regard," said Ken Tucker, secretary of the Florida Department of Corrections. "Our condolences go out to his family."

Franklin began serving his life sentence for murder in 1995. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is conducting the investigation.

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Tags: Corrections, Duty Deaths, Assaults on Officers, Edged Weapons


Comments (3)

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Morning Eagle @ 3/19/2012 10:33 PM

Florida has the death penalty. Franklin was already doing life for murder so probably figured he had nothing to lose. Hopefully the state will show him that he was wrong if that was his assumption and will put a lethal end to his current life sentence.

Of course that will never bring Sgt. Thomas back to his family and friends, which we all deeply regret. But it would ensure that Franklin never attacked another officer or ever gets released on parole someday by some bleeding heart parole board.

Steve @ 3/20/2012 8:44 AM

Not to mention, Morning Eagle, giving an example as to what the rest of them can expect to happen if they chose to attack/kill a corrections officer! Often times we forget that punishment is not just for the violator but also a warning for those who may be riding the fence on becoming a violator!!

Leonard J Wolons @ 3/20/2012 8:58 AM

I choose not to engage if the argument of "is capital punishment deterrent" but rather feel secure in the knowledge that there is ZERO percent recidivism.

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