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Video: Cop Killer Mistakenly Placed in Lower Security Prison

November 13, 2015  | 

VIDEO: Cop Killer Mistakenly Placed in Lower Security Prison

A man sentenced to life in prison without parole for killing a Chattanooga police sergeant and wounding another officer was mistakenly placed in a lower security prison in October, reports the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

That marks the second time in as many years Jesse Mathews was placed in a lower security level prison by mistake.

Mathews, 30, was being held at West Tennessee State Penitentiary, a maximum security prison, and then was transferred to South Central Correctional Facility, a medium security prison, on Oct. 23, according to Tennessee Department of Correction Spokesman Robert Reburn.

Mathews was recently reclassified as a close custody prisoner, which the corrections department defines as a prisoner who requires heightened supervision because of his conduct and/or offense history. But the South Central Correctional Facility is not equipped to house close custody prisoners. He will be relocated to a close custody designated facility "ASAP," Reburn said.

There are four levels of prisoner classification in Tennessee — maximum custody, close custody, medium custody and minimum custody. Mathews was a maximum custody inmate but was recently reclassified as a close custody inmate.

On April 2, 2011, Mathews robbed the U.S. Money Shops pawnshop on Brainerd Road and got into a shootout with officers. Sgt. Tim Chapin was killed and Officer Lorin Johnston was wounded. Mathews eventually pleaded guilty to avoid the possibility of the death penalty.

Comments (9)

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Sherry @ 11/14/2015 8:52 AM

I believe that the bad guy should be just "let go" , I mean during the robbery. He stole some money, big deal, money, cars, warrants not one of these issues are worth dying for.

Leonard Mather @ 11/14/2015 5:00 PM

In response to Sherry's comment that the bad guy should just be "let go" because robbery, money theft, cars and warrants for such are not worth dying for--in her view--IN MY VIEW should be directed at the Perp instead of comment herein. She should advise Peps to NOT show up with a gun. That way the LEOs would not receive shots from the Perp. Unless Sherry is NOT dating or living with a Perp, her opinion is biased as it appears in her message. Perhaps she is thinking with the Perp's ""little head."

plato's playdough @ 11/15/2015 1:18 AM

Since it happened twice, does anyone care to examine the transfer paper trail? Connectivity with your coffee, anyone?

AK @ 11/15/2015 2:28 AM

@Sherry, Really? he killed somebody!
But you are right he should be released maybe next time the police will do what the courts won't do.
Rabid people are just like rabid dogs and should just be put down the same way!

Louis @ 11/15/2015 2:38 AM

Sherry, your ignorance is unbelievable. He's where he needs to be! What an idiot, robbing a place and getting into a shoot-out! All because he's too stupid to get a job and function in a normal society! He's lucky he didn't get death least he's tucked away where he can't kill anyone else. How would you feel if he killed someone close to you? You're an idiot!

DaveM55 @ 11/15/2015 10:13 PM

He plead guilty to avoid death penalty -A Sgt was killed...Let sherry house him sounds like a girlfriend to me.

tedb @ 11/16/2015 9:28 AM

Sherry...please tell me that you don't vote!

Deb @ 11/16/2015 1:38 PM

Not a mistake you want to make with a cop killer. He should never see the light of day.

Dave @ 11/16/2015 2:46 PM

I think they should make the death penalty mandatory in any LE homicide. No negotiation or reduced sentencing / plea bargains. What a joke. Why bother even charging anybody anymore with so many sentence reductions?

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