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Sunday, May 18, 2008

OR- Oregon prison inmate death ruled homicide

5-15-2008 Oregon:

ONTARIO, Ore. (AP) — The death of an Oregon prison inmate in Ontario has been ruled a homicide.

Malheur County District Attorney Dan Norris said the state medical examiner determined that 61-year-old James Ivan Briggs had been strangled with a belt last Monday at the Snake River Correctional Institution.

Briggs had been an inmate since early 2003 following his conviction in Coos County in late 2002 for sexual penetration, sodomy and sex abuse. He was not set to be released until 2026.

Norris said the name of the suspect in the killing will not be released until the investigation is concluded, which could take several months. ..more.. by


Coquille man dies in prison, death suspicious
5-13-2008 Oregon:

ONTARIO - The Oregon Department of Corrections says a Coquille man, sentenced in Coos County back in 2002, is the inmate that was found dead in his cell on Monday.

The Oregon State Police and the Malheur County District Attorney are continuing their investigation in the death that has been deemed "suspicious."

James Ivan Briggs, 61, had been at the Snake River Correctional Institution in Ontario since early 2003. He was scheduled for release in 2026.

Briggs had been convicted of Sodomy, Unlawful Sexual Penetration and Sex Abuse, all involving a juvenile female. The charges came following a six-month investigation by the Coos County Sheriff's Office, Child Protective Services and the Coquille Police Department.

His body was found just before 7:00 a.m. on Monday, with an autopsy scheduled for Wednesday.

Briggs is the third inmate with Coos County ties to die in prison in the past six months. The previous two were ruled to have died at their own hand. ..more.. by Tim Novotny


John Steele, 37, a Snake River Correctional Institution inmate pleaded not guilty to the aggravated murder of a fellow inmate, James Ivan Briggs, 61, Monday. Briggs was found dead in his cell in May. Steele is now set to go to trial Jan. 11, 2010. Norris said the state’s medical examiner listed Briggs’ death as a homicide by ligature strangulation.

Briggs was convicted out of Coos County in late 2002 for sexual penetration, sodomy and sex abuse. He was not set to be released until 2026.

Steele’s release date is currently scheduled for April 1, 2032. Prior to serving his current sentence, Steele was convicted of rape in the first degree and burglary in the first degree and was released Dec. 21, 2001.

He began serving his current sentence in April 2002 for two robbery charges out of Deschutes County.

While imprisoned in Umatilla County in 2002 on the two robbery charges, he was convicted on an assault charge and assaulting an officer, according to SRCI Community Coordinator/ Public Information Officer Amber Campbell. ..Source (bottom of page).. 1-14-2009

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I have a family member in this prison and unfortunately there are some guards who should be behind bars! This family member was beaten badly, his stuff stolen or destroyed while the guards stood by and let it happen, not only that but they unlocked this cell so that these men could get in. Of course nothing was done because you can't file a complaint or your life is over! How sad those men/women are paying their debt to society and you get animals to watch them that are worse than the criminals.