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Monday, October 29, 2007

Inmate killed in Bellamy Creek was a repeat sex offender

1-19-2007 Michigan:

IONIA - Jimmy Wayne Crawford, a white male, was a career sex offender. On his 51st birthday he was killed in Bellamy Creek Correctional Facility in Ionia where he was serving five to ten years for criminal sexual conduct. Department of Corrections officials would not say it was a murder, though other media sources have made that claim. Crawford died on Saturday, January 13 at Bellamy Creek.

“The Michigan State Police post in Ionia came over and processed the scene and then began their investigation,” Marlan said. “The investigation is still continuing, and we haven't charged anybody yet.”

If charges are filed, the Ionia County Prosecuting Attorney will handle the case, he added.

Crawford had two sexual conduct convictions prior to 1977, when he was charged with third degree sexual conduct in Berrien County. He was sentenced to 10 to 15 years on that occasion.

“Then he had another criminal sexual conduct conviction in 1987,” said Russ Marlan, Michigan Department of Corrections spokesman. “It was for second degree sexual conduct again out of Berrien and he was sentenced two and a half to five years for that.”

He was discharged for that offense in 1992 and did not see the inside of a penitentiary until he was convicted of his final offense in July 1998. ..more.. by Ionia Sentinel-Standard

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