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    August 18: 1987: Ember Kimberly Mars, 27, was raped and murdered in her Kearns, UT apartment by David Franklin Young.  He was convicted and sentenced to death.  His conviction and sentence was overturned. He was reconvicted and sentenced to LWOP.  He was also convicted of murders in Illinois and Indiana.  He is serving his sentences out of the State of Utah.

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Monsters Among Us: Brian Eugene Jones killed Brook Baker and Erika Norman; Sentenced to LWOP

Brook Baker and Erika Norman

Victims
Brook Elizabeth Baker, 19 [9/7/1997]
Erika Elaine Norman, 21 [7/4/1999]

Find-A-Grave: Brook Elizabeth Baker
Find-A-Grave: Erika Elaine Norman
`If It Can Happen Here, It Can Happen Anywhere’
Unsolved Mysteries Wiki: Brook Baker
Unsolved Mysteries Wiki: Erika Elaine Norman
Student’s body found in field
Police Await Id On Found Body
Positive Id Made Of Found Body
Student named as suspect in woman’s death
Man sentenced in slaying of fellow college student
Local jurors to hear Vincennes murder case
Indiana man pleads guilty in strangling of student
Vincennes man sentenced to life in jail
Brian E. Jones v State of Indiana 2002 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
Brook Baker: ID’s ‘Six Degrees of Murder’ Airs Death of Indiana Journalism college coed
Amateur Sleuth: Brook Baker wanted to be a journalist

Movies/Documentaries
Six Degrees of Murder: Crime Writer
Motives & Murders: Where Murders Go Unsolved

INMATE INFORMATION

Brian Jones

BRIAN JONES
DOC Number 102703
First Name BRIAN
Middle Name
Last Name JONES
Suffix
Date of Birth 09/03/1976
Gender Male
Race White
Facility/Location Wabash Valley Level 4 Facility
Earliest Possible Release Date 00/00/0000

Sentence Information
Date of Sentence 01/12/2001
Description MURDER
Term in Years / Months / Days LIFE
Type of Conviction M
Indiana Citation Code 35-42-1-1
Cause Number 42D01-9907-CF-034
County of Conviction KNOX
Projected Release Date 00/00/0000

Sentence Information
Date of Sentence 01/12/2001
Description RAPE
Term in Years / Months / Days 20 00 00000
Type of Conviction FB
Indiana Citation Code 35-42-4-1
Cause Number 42D01-9907-DF-034
County of Conviction KNOX
Projected Release Date 06/16/2009

Sentence Information
Date of Sentence 09/08/2000
Description MURDER
Term in Years / Months / Days 60 00 00000
Type of Conviction M
Indiana Citation Code 35-42-1-1
Cause Number 42C01-9912-CF-53
County of Conviction KNOX
Projected Release Date 11/10/2029

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Kimra Lynn Riley murder 1/15/1996 Sheffield, AL *Rodney O’Neal Hocker convicted, sentenced to 99 years in prison*

Sheffield

Police arrest suspect in slaying (part 1)
Suspect arrested in woman’s slaying (part 2)
Tuscaloosa man charged with murder in 1996 death of woman found in river
murder (part 2)
Man indicted for murder
Kimra Lynn Riley, Rodney O’Neal Hocker: Missing Alabama woman found dead on banks of Tennessee River focus of Investigation Discovery’s new season of ‘Swamp Murder’
Judge sentences Hocker to 99 years for Riley’s murder (part 1)
Hocker sentenced to 99 years (part 2)
20-year-old Sheffield murder case to be featured on ID TV

Movies/Documentaries
Swamp Murders: A Dark Place to Die

INMATE INFORMATION

RodneyHocker prison mug

Inmate: HOCKER, RODNEY ONEAL
AIS: 00156692
Institution: LIMESTONE CORRECTIONAL CENTER
Race: W
Sex: M
Hair Color: BROWN
Eye Color: HAZEL
Height: 6′ 4″
Weight: 268
Birth Year: 1970
Custody MIN-OUT

HockerR info

Monsters Among Us: Michael Leon Giles raped and killed his 80-year-old great-grandmother, Smiley Johnson; Sentenced to 30 years in prison

DV

One November Night in 1996

INMATE INFORMATION

MichaelGiles

SID Number: 05549352
TDCJ Number: 01021604
Name: GILES,MICHAEL LEON
Race: W
Gender: M
DOB: 1980-12-01
Maximum Sentence Date: 2030-03-23
Current Facility: BETO
Projected Release Date: 2030-03-23
Parole Eligibility Date: 2015-03-23

Parole Review Information

Parole Review Status: Not in Parole Review

Last Parole Decision: Denied on 03/12/2015

NEXT REVIEW (03/2018)- Deny favorable parole action and set for next review.

Denial reason(s): 2D, 3D

* Note: One or more of the components indicated in each paragraph may apply, but only one is required for denial (D).

2D NATURE OF OFFENSE – THE RECORD INDICATES THAT THE INMATE COMMITTED ONE OR MORE VIOLENT CRIMINAL ACTS INDICATING A CONSCIOUS DISREGARD FOR THE LIVES, SAFETY, OR PROPERTY OF OTHERS; OR THE INSTANT OFFENSE OR PATTERN OF CRIMINAL ACTIVITY HAS ELEMENTS OF BRUTALITY, VIOLENCE, OR CONSCIOUS SELECTION OF VICTIM’S VULNERABILITY SUCH THAT THE INMATE POSES A CONTINUING THREAT TO PUBLIC SAFETY; OR THE RECORD INDICATES USE OF A WEAPON.

3D DRUG OR ALCOHOL INVOLVEMENT – THE RECORD INDICATES EXCESSIVE DRUG OR ALCOHOL INVOLVEMENT WHICH INCLUDES POSSESSION, USE OR DELIVERY IN THE INSTANT OFFENSE OR CRIMINAL HISTORY.

Next Parole Review Date: 03/2018

Offense History:
Offense Date: 1996-11-14
Offense: MURDER
Sentence Date: 2000-12-07
County: DALLAS
Case No.: F-0018524-UJ
Sentence (YY-MM-DD): 30

Deadly Wives: Patricia James got Timothy Ott to kill her husband, Bernard James, for her; Sentenced to LWOP

DV

Police Release Sketch Of Suspect Sought In Manors Man`s Killing
Two Held In Manors Killing
Murder Defendant Describes Slaying, Role Of Victim`s Wife
Murder Retrial Begins Wife Charged With Slaying Of Husband In Complex Case
Attorney: Lies, Love Led To Murder
Woman Guilty Of Murder In Plot To Kill Husband
Woman Gets Life In Prison Judge Hands Down Sentence In Intricate Murder Plot
Killer Gets 20-year Term In Strangling

Movies/Defendants
Evil Stepmothers: Deadly Role Play

Defendants
Patricia James – convicted, sentenced to LWOP
Timothy Ott – pled guilty, sentenced to 20 years in prison

INMATE INFORMATION

Patricia James prison mug

DC Number: 161336
Name: JAMES, PATRICIA L
Race: WHITE
Sex: FEMALE
Hair Color: GRAY OR PARTIALLY GRAY
Eye Color: BROWN
Height: 5’04”
Weight: 180 lbs.
Birth Date: 09/13/1950
Initial Receipt Date: 11/18/1988
Current Facility: LOWELL C.I.
Current Custody: MEDIUM
Current Release Date: SENTENCED TO LIFE

Aliases:
PATRICIA DEE DONAHUE JAMES
PATRICIA L JAMES
PATRICIA L. JAMES

Current Prison Sentence History:
Offense Date 03/24/1987
Offense 1ST DG MUR/PREMED. OR ATT.
Sentence Date 11/10/1988
County BROWARD
Case No. 8709610
Prison Sentence Length SENTENCED TO LIFE

Incarceration History:
Date In-Custody 11/18/1988
Date Out-of-Custody Currently Incarcerated

Monsters Among Us: William Frank Parker executed for killing his former in-laws, James and Sandra Warren

DVFrom Parker’s appeal: Parker was divorced from Pam Warren. Pam’s father, James Warren, and her sister, Cindy Warren, were getting into Mr. Warren’s truck in front of their house on November 5, 1984, when they saw Parker approaching the truck with a gun. Cindy got on the floor of the truck, from where she heard shots being fired. Cindy then got out of the truck and attempted to spray mace into Parker’s face. Parker fired one or two shots at Cindy, not hitting her, and then chased Mr. Warren into the house. Mr. Warren and his wife Sandra were later found in the house where they had been shot to death by Parker. In the events that followed that same day, Parker kidnapped and shot his ex-wife, Pam Warren, and shot a police officer three times in a shootout at the Rogers Police Department.

Awaiting Execution, And Finding Buddha
William Frank Parker v State of Arkansas 1987
William Frank Parker v State of Arkansas 1989
William Frank Parker v Larry Norris 1994
William Frank Parker v Larry Norris 1995 (habeas corpus denied)
A Buddhist Whom Many Tried to Save Is Executed
Killer Who Became a Buddhist Executed
Parker executed in Arkansas
Murderpedia: William Frank Parker

William Parker
William Frank Parker

Parents Gone Wild! Mary Rae Morgan killed her 4-year-old stepdaughter, Michele LeAnn Morgan in 1961; 35 years later she pled guilty and sentenced to 5 years in prison

stand up for children

Michele LeAnn Morgan
Michele LeAnn Morgan

In The Arms Of The Angels: Michele LeAnn Morgan
Unforgotten Children: Michele LeAnn Morgan
After 35 Years, Stepmother Charged In Murder Of Girl, 4
A Stepmother Faces Charges In 1961 Death
Woman waives extradition in murder case
Step-daughter died in 1961 Scots mother admits killing child
Uncovering Answers in Child’s Death
Wikipedia: Murder of Michele LeAnn Morgan
Cold Case Files – Through the Eyes of a Child; The Killer Next Door (transcripts)

Movies/Documentaries
Cold Case Files: Through Eyes of a Child

Monsters Among Us: Byron “Low Tax” Looper killed his political opponent, Tommy Burks, right before the election; Sentenced to LWOP

Tommy Burks
Tommy Burks

Find-A-Grave: Fred Thomas “Tommy” Burks
State Senator Shot Dead at His Farm
ennessee Lawmaker Killed; Election Opponent Arrested
Tennessee Senator’s Killing and Opponent’s Arrest Upend Small Town
Gun Found Was Used to Kill Lawmaker
Rival Reported Seen at Senator’s Farm
Ex-Tenn. Politician Begins Murder Trial
Looper found guilty in murder of Sen. Tommy Burks
Guilty Verdict in Campaign Murder Trial
Byron Looper – Murder Conviction and Sentence
Looper Trial
Murderpedia: Byron Anthony Looper
Wikipedia: Tommy Burks
Wikipedia: Byron Looper
Prison incident report shows assault before Byron Looper found dead
Byron Looper assaulted prison counselor before death

Movies/Documentaries
Unraveled: Day of Reckoning

Byron Looper
Byron Looper

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