FEDERAL SECURITY OFFICER KILLED privateofficer.com

 

BANGOR WA. Dec 17 2014 Federal authorities confirmed today that a contract security officer died while on duty at the Naval Base Kitsap at Bangor Washington.
The Press Release stated that the security officer was employed by Homeland Security Solutions, a subcontractor for a base support company with headquarters in Virginia.
50-year-old William Smith died in a boating accident but neither authorities nor the employer would release further details
The Kitsap County coroner’s office says Smith died from saltwater drowning.

SECURITY OFFICER DIES in SHOOTING privateofficer.com

 

Brooklyn NY Dec 13 2014 Police have named a suspect in the shooting of two security officers in Brownsville.
One security officer was critically injured while the other as one has passed away from his injuries.
Security officer Aaron Locklear, 30, succumbed to his injuries family members say.
He and his co-worker, Glen Lawrence, were shot while working security at Riverdale Towers on Livonia Avenue last month. Investigators have named Antonio Mahon as a suspect, and are asking for help trying to locate him.

Erie man to stand trial for murder of nightcub security officer privateofficer.com

 

Erie PA Dec 12 2014 An Erie man will stand trail for the shooting death of a bouncer outside an after-hours club.

Dominic Diaz, 24, of West 18th Street, was bound over for court during a preliminary hearing this afternoon. Diaz is charged with criminal homicide in the shooting death of Hercules Rieger, 39.  The only eyewitness at the hearing was a reluctant witness, a man who is being held in jail on $1 million bond, to insure that he would show up for court.

Diaz is charged with shooting Rieger during the early morning hours of August 23 outside an after-hours club on the 1000 block of Wayne Street.  The witness, Javon Martin, 31, testified he was on a front porch across the street from the club and saw Diaz shoot Rieger, who was working security at the front door.

Diaz’ attorney, Bruce Sandmeyer, challenged Martin’s credibility.  He says there were dozens of other people outside the club during the shooting, including another bouncer.  Sandmeyer questioned why the only eyewitness for the prosecution is Martin, a man who was released from prison on probation charges after he agreed to testify against Diaz.  Then, after agreeing to testify, Martin failed to show up at a preliminary hearing for the case that was scheduled for last October.  Martin was later found in Tennessee by U.S. Marshalls.  He testified today wearing prison clothes.

Sandmeyer asked District Judge Paul Urbaniak to dismiss the charges. Instead, Urbaniak bound Diaz over for trial.

“There was some testimony, of course, from Mr. Martin about what he allegedly saw that day. But, for us, there’s a question how so many people being present, and only one, that appears to be a very unreliable witness, presenting evidence at this preliminary hearing,” Sandmeyer said.

A date for the  trial has not been scheduled.
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MIAMI SECURITY OFFICER GUNNED DOWN privateofficer.com

 

 

MIAMI FLA Dec 10 2014 A Florida security officer is gunned down and Miami Police detectives are searching for the gunman who took the life of a father who worked at two different security jobs to support his wife and two young children.

“It make my stomach turn,” said Shawn Loriston, who told CBS4’s Peter D’Oench that his 50-year-old cousin, Francois Presley, was shot and killed while sitting in his car outside the Chez Le Bebe restaurant.
Miami Police said Presley was discovered in his full security guard uniform in his car at the restaurant at 114 N.E. 54th St. at 11:45 p.m. on Monday. He was on duty at the time of his death but police do not know what happened or what lead to his death. “I’m still in shock,” said Brian Loriston, the victim’s cousin.

“I still feel like he is going to come and pull me in and tell me something. He is the last person I expected to pass away.” Presley, who had two young boys and at least three older children, was devoted to his family. “He was very hard working,” said Shawn Loriston. “He comes home at one in the morning, two in the morning to support his family and his kids, without any complaint. We have to stop the violence. The violence is getting out of hand.”

Presley’s cousins said Presley worked at the Carol Mart flea market at N.W. 27th Ave. and N.W. 183rd St. in Miami Gardens as well as Chez Le Bebe restaurant as a security guard.
They said he had no enemies that they know of. They also said he was firm with people who he dealt with as a security guard. Miami Police checked the restaurant and nearby businesses for surveillance tape.
Detectives and the cousins are appealing for help. So far police have no suspects or a description of the shooter. Anyone with information that can help Miami Police should call them or Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-TIPS (8477).

Philadelphia security officer found tied up and dead at storage business privateofficer.com

PHILADELPHIA PA Dec 9 2014

A security officer was found tied up and dead inside a van at a storage facility in Southwest Philadelphia shortly after 3:00 Sunday afternoon. Police responded to a 911 call from the manager at the Locker Room Storage Inc. in the 2200 block of 62nd Street where they found the 67-year-old security guard inside a conversion van at the facility. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Sources say he was tied up and had massive head trauma.
The last time anyone talked to the victim was around 11:30 Sunday morning.
“He was a big guy. It had to be more than one person to challenge him and take him down like that,” said Albert Mosley, victim’s friend.
A manager of the business and friends told Action News the victim worked at the facility for several years and he would complain about people getting over the barbed wire fence. In fact, sources say it appears the killer or killers used another van that belonged to the guard to ram the fence and make an escape.
“I just can’t believe he’s dead. Something else had to be going on down here for that to happen. He challenged them? They broke into this place and they challenged him and that’s what happened? He wasn’t the type of guy who would run away,” said Mosley.
Investigators scoured over the property while detectives were inside the office looking at surveillance video. “Right now we’re looking for witnesses, we’re canvassing for video, we don’t have anything definitive yet but hopefully somebody will give us a call with information,” said Deputy Commissioner Richard Ross, Philadelphia Police.
Police did not make the identity of the security officer public as of late Sunday night.
Police are investigating this incident as a homicide.

Two convicted in murder of Detroit security officer privateofficer.com

 

Marcel Jackson
Detroit MI Dec 5 2014— Two men have been convicted in the murder of a well-known city anti-crime crusader.
Carl Bruner and Michael Lawson were convicted early Thursday by a Wayne County jury in the killing of Marcel Jackson, a key member of the crime prevention and crime-fighting community group Detroit 300.
Jackson, 39, was shot to death in June 2012 while working as a security officer at the downtown nightclub Pandemonium in the 400 block of Congress.
The night he was shot, Jackson had reportedly kicked a man out of the club for hitting a woman. The man returned to the bar after closing to allegedly retrieve his cellphone but security guards would not let him back into the club because he refused to be patted down for possible weapons. The man returned with another suspect and fired shots, wounding Jackson in the back. He died at Detroit Receiving Hospital.
Bruner and Lawson were arrested after a two-year investigation.
Jackson, a married father of six, was the owner of the Southfield executive protection agency United Security and Urban Services.
Jackson’s widow Hollie said “I’m very relieved. Justice was done.”
As part of his efforts fighting crime in the city with Detroit 300, Jackson searched the streets for a man who allegedly raped a 13-year-old girl on Detroit’s west side.
Sentencing for Bruner and Lawson is Jan. 5 before Wayne County Circuit County Judge Craig Strong.
Detroit News

Brooklyn security officer shot to death privateofficer.com

 

3 men wanted for questioning after woman shot dead in Bronx

Brooklyn NY Dec 4 2014 A Brooklyn based chef who also worked as a security guard was fatally shot in the head near her home early Tuesday after she stepped out to a nearby deli in The Bronx, cops said.
The victim, identified as Dune Janelle Jacobs, 31, was on East 213th Street and Carlisle Place in Williamsbridge at 1 a.m. when she was shot in the head, police said.
A close friend of the family, Richard Carter,33, said she was “no more than 200 yards away from her front door step. It just doesn’t make any sense.”
Jacobs, who was a chef at Buffalo Wild Wings in Brooklyn, was with her younger sister and mother moments before the slaying inside the home.
“Her mother is taking it hard. She’s not doing well. She has never been involved in gangs or drugs. How could something like this happen to someone like her?” Carter explained.
EMS rushed Jacobs to Jacobi Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead, authorities said.
Investigators are looking to question three men who were seen running toward a white Nissan Altima moments after the slaying.
That vehicle was last seen on nearby Gunther and Givian avenues, according to police.
“She was a positive person,” Carter said.
Police sources said she had a security job but it wasn’t immediately known which company she was employed with.
Jacobs has no arrest history in New York.
Police are still trying to determine a motive.
NY Post

San Diego Homicide Cold Case of Security Guard Shooting Reopened privateofficer.com

 

San Diego CA Dec 2 2014 Authorities asked for public’s help Monday in solving the shooting death of a security guard outside a Rolando-area tavern about a year ago.
Ernesto Rafael Gonzalez, 38, was fatally shot Nov. 30, 2013, while standing in front of Chelato’s Bar and Grill in the 7100 block of El Cajon Blvd. about 11:30 p.m., according to San Diego County Crime Stoppers.
Witnesses described seeing two gunmen wearing dark clothing flee the scene on foot.
Anyone with additional information about the shooting was asked to call Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.
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Private contract security officer killed in Afghanistan privateofficer.com

 

Ronnie Jessiman
Afghanistan Dec 2 2014 A private security contractor who was killed in Afghanistan was doing an “essential job”, an MP has said.

Ronnie Jessiman, 33, was killed when a suicide bomber attacked a British embassy vehicle on Thursday.

He lived in Canterbury with his wife and had previously served in the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, before joining security company G4S in 2013.

Julian Brazier MP praised the work done by private security contractors in Afghanistan.

Mr Brazier, who represents Canterbury and Whitstable, said: “We continue to need people protecting people in our embassy as Ronnie was.

“Each time I’ve been to Afghanistan I’ve seen the excellent job which these civilian security guards – all of them ex-military – are doing protecting diplomats and visitors like myself.”
The bombing was the latest in a series of attacks in the Afghan capital
Three Afghans were killed in the attack and more than 30 wounded, which the Taliban said they carried out.

A G4S spokesman said Mr Jessiman had served on two tours in Afghanistan for the British army.

He added: “Ronnie was married in August this year and lived in Canterbury with his wife Natalie.

“Ronnie was the son of a Scottish serviceman (Royal Engineer) and the family lived in Glasgow.”

St Louis security guard killed during nightclub confrontation privateofficer.com

 

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ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO Nov 24 2014 St. Louis county police are investigating a week-end homicide at Knockouts Bar and Grill during its grand opening weekend.
On Saturday night, a patron went outside to smoke a cigarette. When he attempted to get back in, the suspect was refused re-entry by the security guard at the door.
He argued and even attempted to get back inside through the exit door, but was pushed to the ground by the guard.
Witnesses heard the suspect threaten to harm the guard before he left the scene.
A short time later, the suspect returned.  When another patron exited the bar, the suspect ran inside through the exit door and shot the security, identified as Herbert Burnett, 30, multiple times.
Burnett was rushed to the hospital where he died.
Police have not released a suspect description.
The restaurant is located in the Clock Tower Plaza shopping center at I-270 and West Florissant in an unincorporated north St. Louis County.
The St. Louis County Police Crimes Against Persons Unit is investigating.
The bar was hosting a live watch party for the big Pacquiao-Algieri championship boxing match Saturday night.
Witnesses say several high profile guests were in attendance including basketball star Larry Hughes, former Ram Orlando Pace, and Michael Brown, Sr., the father of Michael Brown, Jr., the teenager shot and killed in August by a Ferguson Police officer.

Natividad Medical Center security officer remembered one year after deadly crash privateofficer.com

 

SALINAS, Calif. – Nov 22 2014
Thursday night marks one year since a Natividad Medical Center security guard was hit and killed as she tried to help a patient out of the street. At an emotional remembrance in Salinas, Williams’ best friends said she was a fun and energetic person.
Family and friends honoring Williams for the sacrifice she made said knowing it’s been a year since her tragic death is difficult. The patient Williams tried to save was also killed by a suspected DUI driver. They’re choosing to remember Williams with some special hand-written notes, attached to lanterns. Those who knew her best, gathered outside First Alarm in Salinas, to honor her life and dedication to the job.
“I love her and I miss her a lot,” said Osbaldo Jimenez.
Williams had just been promoted to corporal. But before she could receive her brass badge, Williams and a woman who had just been discharged from Natividad, were hit and killed in front of the hospital where Williams stood guard.
On Thursday, Williams was honored as the company employee of the year. Her mother said she’s grateful for the support from her daughter’s former co-workers.
“A memorial to my daughter, I still have a lot of friends,” said mother Lorena Rascon.
Police said Williams rushed to help the patient, Cynthia Lane, after she fell in the street trying to get into a random car near Constitution and Laurel. Francisco Miranda, who police said hit and killed the women while driving high, is awaiting a trial on murder charges. Williams’ friends said seeking justice is helping them heal.
“Part of getting over the anger part for me is having someone responsible for this. Because its not okay that this happened,” said Cynthia Ojeda.
During a preliminary hearing, Miranda admitted to investigators that he’d smoked marijuana three hours before the accident, after facing two DUIs in 2013.
While closure isn’t a reality yet, Williams’ friends said the hand-written messages are helping relieve some of the pain.
“It means a lot that they haven’t forgotten. It’s been a year and for a lot of people life goes on. but for us we think of her daily,” said Ojeda.
Last month, both families filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Natividad Medical Center, accusing the hospital of negligence for releasing Lane too early. As for Miranda, his case has been delayed because he faces other charges related to an attack on a jail deputy.
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Salinas man who killed security officer sentenced to life privateofficer.com

 

 

SALINAS, Calif. Nov 21 2014  —Richard Gutierrez was sentenced by a Monterey County judge on Wednesday to serve 26 years to life in state prison for stabbing a security guard to death in Salinas.
Victor Sosa, 57, was slain during a botched robbery attempt at a 99 cent store at 102 E. Laurel Drive during the violent summer of 2013.
Gutierrez was 22 years old at the time. He pleaded guilty on Oct. 1, 2014 to first-degree murder.
On Aug. 1, 2013, Gutierrez demanded that the 99 cent store’s guard open a safe, police said. When Sosa said he did not have a key to the safe, Gutierrez stabbed him to death.
Shoppers in the store tried to help the victim by throwing cans at Gutierrez, Officer Jeffery Gibson said. The Salinas man threatened customers as they pelted him with cans and attempted to run out of the store when he heard police sirens.
“He was met at the door by an incoming officer,” Gibson said.
The security guard was rushed to Natividad Medical Center, where he died soon after.
Shoppers said Sosa was a friendly man who always greeted customers at the front door and offered to walk them to their cars when they had concerns about safety.

3rd suspect charged in fatal shooting of security guard at SW Houston game room privateofficer.com

 

HOUSTON TX Nov 11 2014
A third suspect has been charged in the death of a security guard who was ambushed and shot at a southwest Houston game room on March 27.
Marlon Alexis Galo Soriano, 30, is charged with capital murder.
According to police, Galo Soriano and four accomplices entered the Lucky Star Game Room in the 10900 block of Bissonnet around 12:30 p.m. and began playing the electronic slot machines. Without warning, one of the men attacked Rueben Portillo, a security guard. As the two struggled over Portillo’s weapon, a second man joined in the attack. During the struggle, Portillo was shot.
The men then robbed the people inside the game room before all five suspects fled in a silver, two-door Honda Accord and a red Nissan Sentra with tinted windows and a rear spoiler, police said.
Portillo, 53, was transported to Ben Taub General Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Luis M. Riva, 21, and Maria Veronica Valle, 41, were arrested in April and charged with capital murder. Both were being held without bond.
Galo Soriano was arrested on Friday and is also being held without bond.
It was initially believed that the suspects were three men and two women, but only one woman and two men have been taken into custody and two more men remain on the loose.  Surveillance photos of the  remaining suspects were released in April.
Click2Houston.com

Suspect Charged In May Shooting Death Of Dallas Security Officer privateofficer.com

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DALLAS TX Nov 7 2014 Police have charged a 31-year-old man with capital murder in the May shooting death of a security guard at a Dallas business.

Donald Kovar was shot and killed at 4639 Irving Boulevard on May 14 when the location was robbed by two men.

Physical evidence ties Rico Lara, 31, to the crime. Lara was also positively identified in a photo line-up as being involved in the offense.

Lara is currently in jail on unrelated charges. He has been charged with capital murder and is being held on $1,000,000 bond.

A second suspect, known only as “Primo”, has not been identified. He is described as a 30- to 35-year-old Latin male, standing 6-foot and 200 lbs.

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Baltimore County police make arrest in fatal shooting of security officer privateofficer.com

 

Devin Jones

WINDSOR MILL, Md. Nov 1 2014Police made an arrest Friday in the fatal shooting of a security guard at a restaurant in Windsor Mill in December.
Authorities with the Baltimore County Police Department said Devin Jones, 24, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder in the Dec. 13 death of Eugene Flanagan, 38, at the Windsor Inn.
Investigators said Jones fired at least one shot that hit Flanagan in the upper body. He was taken to Northwest Hospital, where he died.
Officials said Flanagan and other guard were escorting some people from the restaurant after a fight. The fight continued in the parking lot and led to gunfire.
Authorities said Jones wasn’t directly involved in the fight.
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1 Year After Fatal LAX Shooting, Officers’ Union Says Security Gaps Remain privateofficer.com

 

Los Angeles CA Oct 31 2014 One year after a gunman shot and killed a TSA officer and wounded three other people at Los Angeles International Airport, the union that represents the facility’s police officers and firefighters said few safety improvements have been made and that the likelihood of a similar incident is high.
No other airport in this country has split policing like LAX’s dangerously disjointed model of having” airport police supplemented by LAPD officers, the Los Angeles Airport Peace Officers Association said Thursday in a new release.
After 23-year-old Paul Ciancia, the shooter in the November 2013 shooting, was apprehended, three chains of command were established; they were later merged into a unified command “but chaos ensued,” the release said, adding that a subsequent report commissioned by airport officials questioned the Los Angeles Police Department’s response to the shooting.
Ciancia, who was allegedly carrying a note that said he wanted to kill Transportation Security Administration agents, is scheduled to stand trial in December.
The report noted that police resources at the airport, the nation’s third-largest, are underfunded — including the LAXPD’s incident command post vehicle, which the union described as “woefully inadequate.” The vehicle was stocked with only basic supplies and lacked access to closed-circuit television feeds and aerial video, the union said.
Airport police said they have repeatedly requested an upgrade to the vehicle, and in response have been informed that a modern mobile command center could not be purchased due to funding restrictions.
LAX officials disputed the union’s assertions regarding safety protocols at the airport.
“Despite the union claims, much has been done to improve security and emergency preparedness and response,” Mary Grady, an LAX spokeswoman, said in an email Thursday.
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TX SECURITY OFFICER MURDERED- 2 MEN GUILTY IN OTHER MURDERS privateofficer.com

 

 
 
   

October 28 2014
AUSTIN TX.
 
A security officer is dead and another one has been shot while courts in two other states have found two men guilty of shooting and killing two other security officers while on duty.
In all four shootings, the common denominator here has been where the security officers were employed. All four employers were nightclubs and bars.In Austin Texas, police are searching for two people in a black Nissan who may be connected to the death of a security officer outside of a Southeast Austin bar Sunday morning.
Officers responded to El Agazajo Bar & Grill at 2408 U.S. 183, near ABIA, at about 12:20 a.m. They found the security guard in the parking lot with traumatic injuries.
While police declined to provide details on what caused the man’s injuries due to their ongoing investigation or give his name, the mother of the victim identified him as 28-year-old Richard Escalante.
Homicide detectives are searching for the driver and front seat passenger of a four-door, black Nissan they believe was involved in this incident. Witnesses describe the driver and passenger as Hispanic men.
Escalante’s mother told local media that her son had also been attacked several weeks ago which required a trip to the emergency room.
Austin is known for its nightlife and thousands of people work in the metro’s bar industry.  Security workers say this type of thing does not happen often, but it’s something to be aware of.
Detectives interviewed witnesses overnight, but made no arrests. They continue to investigate. Authorities ask anyone with information regarding this incident to call the APD Homicide.
Police in San Jose California are also investigating a shooting of a nightclub security officer over the week-end.A security guard possibly working at a N. 13th Street bar that officials are trying to shut down for alleged widespread criminal activity was shot and wounded late Friday night when he tried to intervene in a robbery on the sidewalk, authorities said.
The shooting occurred outside the El Tarasco bar and the guard does not have life-threatening injuries — perhaps because he was wearing a protective vest.
Sgt. Heather Randol, a spokesperson for the San Jose Police Department, said police responded to the scene at 11:23 p.m. and discovered a man shot on the sidewalk. Police are searching for least two people who fled the scene in a vehicle.
Law-enforcement source said the guard was inside the bar when he noticed three people being robbed and went outside to help. He was shot multiple times and was transported to a local hospital. It is believed that his life might have been saved by the bulletproof vest.
On Friday, a U.S. Marine learned his punishment for stabbing a nightclub security guard to death at a Scottsdale Arizona bar that has since shut down.
A judge sentenced Ian MacDonald to 18 years in prison for killing Tyrice Thompson who was a former Arizona State University football player.
In court, MacDonald watched as the victim’s family and friends asked for the maximum sentence.
“My son lost his life because Ian lost control,” said Thompson’s mother, Nancy Taylor.
Thompson was a bouncer at Martini Ranch.  He was stabbed to death while escorting MacDonald and his girlfriend out of the club.
MacDonald claimed self-defense.  He was found guilty of manslaughter.

Also on Friday in Fredericksburg Virginia a man convicted of killing a security guard outside the Q Ball Cafe in Spotsylvania County during a drive-by shooting last year will serve 15 years in prison.
Chauncey Cartier “Fresh” Lampkin, 29, of Gainesville, Fla., was sentenced to 37 years in prison with all but 15 years suspended in Spotsylvania Circuit Court Friday.
In a plea agreement, he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and shooting from a vehicle. In exchange for his guilty pleas, four other charges were dropped, and his sentence could not exceed 40 years. For the first time since the March 30, 2013, shooting that killed 45-year-old Culpeper native Marcellus “Bull” Greene Sr., Lampkin publicly gave his side of what happened. He said after he had been beaten by a gang in the parking lot and was shooting to scare those men, not the security guard.

Austin police investigate death of bar security officer privateofficer.com

 

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AUSTIN TX OCT 27 2014  Police are searching for two people in a black Nissan who may be connected to the death of a security officer outside of a Southeast Austin bar Sunday morning.
Officers responded to El Agazajo Bar & Grill at 2408 U.S. 183, near ABIA, at about 12:20 a.m. They found a Hispanic man in the parking lot with traumatic injuries. Police declined to provide details on what caused the man’s injuries due to their ongoing investigation.
Paramedics transported the victim to University Medical Center Brackenridge where he died about an hour later. The man, who was in his 20s, worked security for El Agazajo, according to officers.
Homicide detectives are searching for the driver and front seat passenger of a four-door, black Nissan they believe was involved in this incident. Witnesses describe the driver and passenger as Hispanic men.
Monica Gault, who says she is the victim’s mother, identified the victim as 28-year-old Richard Escalante. She says she’s still struggling with the news.
“I have not been able to sleep,” she said. “You know that’s my first born and it hurts.  It hurts to see him leave like that.  Until now I still can’t believe he’s gone.”
Austin is known for it’s nightlife and thousands of people work in the metro’s bar industry.  Security workers say it does not happen often, but it’s something to be aware of.
“If we had to get some people out of the bar because they were acting up, then we really worried or thought about, ‘hey, be on the lookout’.  Because you never know.  They might come back and they might come back with friends or with a weapon,” said Nicholas Bludau, who works bar security in Austin.
Escalante’s mother believes the killers knew her son. APD has not yet said whether the homicide was a personal, isolated, incident, or whether something just got out of hand at the bar.
Detectives interviewed witnesses overnight, but made no arrests. They continue to investigate. Authorities ask anyone with information regarding this incident to call the APD Homicide Tip Line at 512-477-3588 or Crime Stoppers at 512-472-TIPS. You can also text “Tip 103″ along with your message to CRIMES.
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Man convicted of killing VA. security guard will serve 15 years in prison privateofficer.com

 

 Chauncey "Fresh"  Lampkin

Fredericksburg VA OCT 27 2014 The man convicted of killing a security guard outside the Q Ball Cafe in Spotsylvania County during a drive-by shooting last year will serve 15 years in prison.
Chauncey Cartier “Fresh” Lampkin, 29, of Gainesville, Fla., was sentenced to 37 years in prison with all but 15 years suspended in Spotsylvania Circuit Court Friday.
In a plea agreement, he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and shooting from a vehicle. In exchange for his guilty pleas, four other charges were dropped, and his sentence could not exceed 40 years.For the first time since the March 30, 2013, shooting that killed 45-year-old Culpeper native Marcellus “Bull” Greene Sr., Lampkin publicly gave his side of what happened.He said after he was kicked out of the Q Ball Cafe club that night, he was attacked by about a dozen guys, who he referred to as the “Hustle Nation guys.”He said he learned in jail that they attacked him and two others because they thought they had robbed and beaten one of their friends.Lampkin admitted that when the group of men attacked him, Greene was one of the security officers that pulled the men off him so he could get away.He said Lavon Chew, the getaway driver, fired two rounds at the club and he fired one shot in the air as they drove away before the gun jammed.“We were trying to scare them like they scared us,” Lampkin said. “Mr. Greene was shot by accident. I let adrenaline and fear get away from me for a stupid act that could have been prevented.”Some members of Greene’s family testified that while they are hurt and angry, they have learned to forgive Lampkin for taking away such a wonderful person.“I forgive that young man because things happen,” said Greene’s younger brother Stephen. “I forgive him and I love him like a brother.”Greene’s older sister, Barbara Brooks, wanted to know why this happened to her brother.“I have to look at this young man who took my brother’s life. I don’t know why he didn’t go home. Why didn’t he just go home,” she said behind a flood of tears. “You took away somebody special. I’m so angry I don’t know what to do.”Greene’s longtime girlfriend, Lisa Jewell, said she has had to file bankruptcy because Greene, who worked three jobs, had been the breadwinner. The family had to live off of money that she and Greene had saved for their 19-year-old son’s college fund.“Everything that he worked so hard for to go down the drain for such a stupid act of violence,” Jewell said. “Everybody says you can forgive but you can’t forget, but I can’t do either one.”Lampkin and several members of his family pointed out that he is not this hard-core gang-banger that he has been portrayed to be.They said he was a great athlete, had numerous college scholarships and had the potential for a bright future.“He went to the best private schools, he was a great basketball player, he was in the newspaper all the time,” his mother, Claudia Lampkin Banton, said. “He was just a great kid.”But when tragedy struck his family and a close relative passed away in October 2013, he changed for the worse.She said he started smoking marijuana and for some unknown reason, he came to Virginia, where he has no family or other ties.Lampkin said he came to Virginia with a friend and had a job as a painter on the Marine Corps Base in Quantico.Prosecutor Ryan Mehaffey argued that despite what Lampkin says, his actions, gang-affiliated tattoos and expression of gang symbols make him a gang-banger.He has a five-point star, which is a symbol affiliated with the Bloods gang, on his chest and shoulder and MOB on his hands.Lampkin said it meant “mother’s only blessing,” while prosecutors said it means member of Bloods.“He’s dangerous. Zero tolerance. Remove him from our community and protect our families,” the prosecutor told Judge David Beck.Defense attorney Jack Randall argued that while the outcome was tragic, it was not intentional.“You got a young man who’s immature and a young man that made a tremendous mistake,” Randall said. “A young man who’s taking responsibility and owning up to his actions.”The judge said he took account of Lampkin’s minimal criminal history and potential to do good in the future in his decision, but wanted him to know the impact of what he did.“Nothing that we do today or nothing that has been said will bring Mr. Greene back,” Beck said. “What a role model Mr. Marcellus Greene would have been, could have been, and if not for this tragedy, might have been.”After court, the Greene family and Lampkin’s family all embraced each other with hugs and handshakes.“It’s just a no-win situation that got crazy,” said Lampkin’s father, Kenneth Banton. “Both families are good people and they have been very forgiving and I appreciate everything they have done.”
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U.S. Marine sentenced to 18 years in prison for killing club bouncer privateofficer.com

 

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Scottsdale AZ Oct 26 2014 A U.S. Marine learned his punishment for stabbing a bouncer to death at a Scottsdale bar that has since shut down.

On Friday, a judge sentenced Ian MacDonald to 18 years in prison for killing Tyrice Thompson who was a former Arizona State University football player.

In court, MacDonald watched as the victim’s family and friends asked for the maximum sentence.

“My son lost his life because Ian lost control,” said Thompson’s mother, Nancy Taylor.

Thompson was a bouncer at Martini Ranch.  He was stabbed to death while escorting MacDonald and his girlfriend out of the club.

In court, Thompson’s mother wore her son’s ASU jersey.

“As he replays the events from January 27th,” said Taylor, “I hope that he asks himself this question: why didn’t I just leave?”

MacDonald claimed self-defense.  He was found guilty of manslaughter.

The former Marine was accused of leaving the scene and hiding evidence.  His mother asked the court to be lenient.

“He also suffers from a very real affliction called PTSD,” said Susie MacDonald.  ‘Prison is the worst place for him to be.”

Before sentencing, MacDonald brought up his time in the military.

“I just want to start by giving my absolute deepest condolences to the Thompson family.  Sir, I have been in hell once before and if you were to send me there again, so be it, but I know I will make the court proud. My family and my friends proud as I serve my time and say Semper Fidelis to the country I have given my all to.”

As he handed down the sentence, the judge criticized MacDonald’s lack of remorse.

“It was nice that he said he was sorry, but what does his heart say?  If he really was remorseful, then my brother would be here today,” said Torrie Thompson.

“What I want to say to those people who were lenient to him, shame on you and to those on the jury who didn’t see murder. Shame on you,” said Richard Thompson, the victim’s father.
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