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    August 28: 2014: 5 children killed by their father, Timothy Ray Jones: he is facing the death penalty. His trial begins Oct. 15, 2019.
    Nahtahn, 6 (beaten to death)
    Merah, 8 (strangled)
    Elias, 7 (strangled)
    Gabriel, 2 (strangled)
    Elaine, 1 (strangled)

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Psycho For Love: Todd Smith killed his wife, Katrina, after secrets in their 7 year marriage; Sentenced to 59 years in prison


Katrina Smith

Katrina Smith obituary
TIMELINE: The murder of Katrina Smith
Katrina Smith case: Read the murder indictment here
Day one of Todd Smith murder trial focuses on rocky marriage with Katrina
Volunteers: Todd Smith uninterested during search for Katrina
Todd Smith murder trial day 3: Katrina’s family becomes emotional during testimony
Murder suspect Todd Smith faces charges of investment fraud
‘We can breathe now,’ Katrina Smith’s mother says after guilty verdict in murder case
Illinois woman stalked, murdered in midst of affair, separation
Chilling texts husband sent wife AFTER he’d killed her for wanting divorce
Todd Smith sentenced to 59 years in prison
GUILTY – IL – Katrina Smith, 30, beaten to death, Machesney Park, 23 Oct 2012

Movies/Documentaries
The Perfect Suspect: Every Step You Take

INMATE INFORMATION

Y20942 – SMITH, TODD
Parent Institution: STATEVILLE CORRECTIONAL CENTER
Offender Status: IN CUSTODY
Location: STATEVILLE

PHYSICAL PROFILE
Date of Birth: 06/06/1967
Weight: 135 lbs.
Hair: Brown
Sex: Male
Height: 5 ft. 05 in.
Race: White
Eyes: Blue

MARKS, SCARS, & TATTOOS
NONE RECORDED

ADMISSION / RELEASE / DISCHARGE INFO
Admission Date: 04/13/2017
Projected Parole Date: 11/21/2069
Last Paroled Date:
Projected Discharge Date: 11/21/2072

SENTENCING INFORMATION
MITTIMUS: 12CF3379
CLASS: M
COUNT: 1
OFFENSE: MURDER/INTENT TO KILL/INJURE
CUSTODY DATE: 11/21/2012
SENTENCE: 55 Years 0 Months 0 Days
COUNTY: WINNEBAGO
SENTENCE DISCHARGED?: NO

MITTIMUS: 12CF3379
CLASS: 3
COUNT: 1
OFFENSE: CONCEAL HOMICIDAL DEATH
CUSTODY DATE: 11/21/2012
SENTENCE: 4 Years 0 Months 0 Days
COUNTY: WINNEBAGO
SENTENCE DISCHARGED?: NO

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Murder In The Family: Mitchell and Brandon Bracknell killed their uncle, Thomas Bracknell, because they blamed their grandmother’s death on him

Thomas Eugene Bracknell obituary
Montgomery Police investigating 23rd homicide of 2013 after body was found in storage shed
Montgomery Police charge two nephews, another man in the beating, stabbing death of their uncle on May 13
Man pleads guilty to beating, stabbing uncle to death
Montgomery man pleads guilty to uncle’s 2013 murde
Man sentenced for killing his uncle
Trial Begins for Third Man Accused of Killing His Uncle
Trial set to begin for man accused of participating in uncle’s slaying
Man found not guilty of uncle’s killing
Meth operation dismantled in Prattville neighborhood
Facebook: Kyle Richards
Facebook: Brandon Bracknell

Movies/Documentaries
Blood Relatives: Deadtime Stories

Defendants
Brandon Bracknell – pled guilty, sentenced to 19 years & 6 months in prison
Mitchell Bracknell – pled guilty, sentenced to 41 years in prison
William Kyle Richards – acquitted at trial

INMATE INFORMATION

Deadly Duo: Jared Fitch and Harold Hains III beat Mark Mueller to death with a baseball bat; Both sentenced to 54+ years in prison

2 AWOL sailors charged in killing
Police tell how they linked 2 sailors to fisherman’s slaying
Police tell how sailors were found
Lake County Jury Indicts 4 In Slayings
2 Navy Men Plead Not Guilty In Killing
2nd Ex-sailor Enters Guilty Plea In Slaying
Sailor Is Sentenced In Slaying
Ex-sailor Seeks A Lighter Sentence
Plea In Slaying Stands, Judge Says
New Trial Denied In 1989 Killing

Movies/Documentaries
Swamp Murders: Deadliest Catch

Defendants
Jared Lee Fitch – pled guilty, sentenced to 54 years in prison; paroled 11/03/2016 to Interstate Compact (probably Barberton, OH)
Harold Francis Hains III – pled guilty, sentenced to 70 years in prison

INMATE INFORMATION

B11823 – FITCH, JARED
Alias: None Reported
Parent Institution: CENTRALIA CORRECTIONAL CENTER
Offender Status: PAROLE
Location: INTERSTATE COMPACT

PHYSICAL PROFILE
Date of Birth: 09/17/1970
Weight: 220 lbs.
Hair: Black
Sex: Male
Height: 6 ft. 01 in.
Race: White
Eyes: Hazel

MARKS, SCARS, & TATTOOS
TATTOO, ARM, LEFT UPPER – TRIBAL ART WITH FEATHERS
TATTOO, ABDOMEN – TATTOO STOMACH SHIELD W/NS
TATTOO, ARM, RIGHT UPPER – CROSS WITH CROSSING SWORDS
TATTOO, THIGH, RIGHT – HILLBILLY”GARFIELD”

ADMISSION / RELEASE / DISCHARGE INFO
Admission Date: 02/22/1991
Parole Date: 11/03/2016
Projected Discharge Date: 11/03/2019

SENTENCING INFORMATION
MITTIMUS: 89CF2238
CLASS: M
COUNT: 1
OFFENSE: MURDER/INTENT TO KILL/INJURE
CUSTODY DATE: 11/08/1989
SENTENCE: 54 Years 0 Months 0 Days
COUNTY: LAKE
SENTENCE DISCHARGED?: NO

INMATE INFORMATION

B07921 – HAINS, HAROLD III
Parent Institution: ILLINOIS RIVER CORRECTIONAL CENTER
Offender Status: IN CUSTODY
Location: ILLINOIS RIVER

PHYSICAL PROFILE
Date of Birth: 11/01/1970
Weight: 200 lbs.
Hair: Brown
Sex: Male
Height: 5 ft. 10 in.
Race: White
Eyes: Blue

MARKS, SCARS, & TATTOOS
TATTOO, BACK – DRAGON AND MAN WITH SWORD
TATTOO, ARM, RIGHT – TWO HEARTS AND LOCK “HFH”
TATTOO, ARM, LEFT – ROSE AND BUTTERFLY “LOVE MOM”
SCAR, FACE, NONSPECIFIC –

ADMISSION / RELEASE / DISCHARGE INFO
Admission Date: 10/26/1990
Projected Parole Date: 11/18/2024
Last Paroled Date:
Projected Discharge Date: 11/18/2027

SENTENCING INFORMATION
MITTIMUS: 89CF2238
CLASS: M
COUNT: 1
OFFENSE: MURDER/INTENT TO KILL/INJURE
CUSTODY DATE: 11/08/1989
SENTENCE: 70 Years 0 Months 0 Days
COUNTY: LAKE
SENTENCE DISCHARGED?: NO

Deadly Duo: Courtney Schulhoff and her boyfriend, Michael Morin killed her father, Stephen Schulhoff; Both sentenced to LWOP

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Steven Schulhoff

Find-A-Grave: Steven Eugene Schulhoff
Altamonte Man Was Beaten To Death With Bat, Stuffed In Container
Daughter gets life in killing
Daughter changes story, says she killed dad
Man Convicted In Murder Of Girlfriend’s Father
Boyfriend convicted in slaying
Man given life sentence for killing lover’s father
Murderpedia: Courtney Schulhoff
Wikipedia: Courtney Schulhoff

Books
Love Gone Wrong (New York Times bestselling Notorious USA series)

Movies/Documentaries
Facing Evil: Teen Terror

Defendants
Courtney Christine Schulhoff – convicted, sentenced to LWOP
Michael Morin – convicted, sentenced to LWOP

INMATE INFORMATION

Courtney Schulhoff prison mug

DC Number: 154495
Name: SCHULHOFF, COURTNEY C
Race: WHITE
Sex: FEMALE
Hair Color: BROWN
Eye Color: BROWN
Height: 5’01”
Weight: 93 lbs.
Birth Date: 12/27/1987
Initial Receipt Date: 11/16/2006
Current Facility: LOWELL ANNEX
Current Custody: CLOSE
Current Release Date: SENTENCED TO LIFE

Aliases:
COURTNEY C SCHULHOFF
COURTNEY CHRIST SCHULHOFF
COURTNEY CHRISTIN SCHULHOFF
COURTNEY CHRISTINE SCHULHOFF
COURTNEY CRIST SCHULHOFF
COURTNEY CHRISTINE SCHULOFF

Current Prison Sentence History:
Offense Date Offense Sentence Date County Case No. Prison Sentence Length
02/10/2004 1ST DG MUR/PREMED. OR ATT. 09/27/2006 SEMINOLE 0400595 SENTENCED TO LIFE

Note: The offense descriptions are truncated and do not necessarily reflect the crime of conviction. Please refer to the court documents or the Florida Statutes for further information or definition.

Incarceration History:
Date In-Custody 11/16/2006
Date Out-of-Custody Currently Incarcerated

INMATE INFORMATION

MichealMorin prison mug

DC Number: E20741
Name: MORIN, MICHAEL L
Race: WHITE
Sex: MALE
Hair Color: BROWN
Eye Color: BROWN
Height: 6’02”
Weight: 218 lbs.
Birth Date: 08/19/1983
Initial Receipt Date: 06/28/2007
Current Facility: HAMILTON C.I.
Current Custody: CLOSE
Current Release Date: SENTENCED TO LIFE

Aliases:
MICHAEL MORIN
MICHAEL L MORIN
MICHAEL L. JR MORIN
MICHAEL LAWRENCE MORIN

Scars, Marks, and Tattoos:
Type Location Description
TATTOO BACK BATMAN SYMBOL
TATTOO LEFT CHEST BATMAN SYMBOL
TATTOO RIGHT ARM NO WEAK LINKS / MCNAF
TATTOO RIGHT LEG NO PAIN/ HEART WITH LOCK
TATTOO STOMACH 4 NIC 8

Current Prison Sentence History:
Offense Date Offense Sentence Date County Case No. Prison Sentence Length
02/10/2004 1ST DG MUR/PREMED. OR ATT. 06/19/2007 SEMINOLE 0400595 SENTENCED TO LIFE
02/10/2004 BURGLARY ASSAULT ANY PERSON 06/19/2007 SEMINOLE 0400595 SENTENCED TO LIFE

Note: The offense descriptions are truncated and do not necessarily reflect the crime of conviction. Please refer to the court documents or the Florida Statutes for further information or definition.

Detainers: (Further information may be obtained by contacting the detaining agency)
Detainer Date Agency Type Date Canceled
07/21/2009 ORANGE CO SO DETAIN 09/03/2010

Incarceration History:
Date In-Custody 06/28/2007
Date Out-of-Custody Currently Incarcerated

Murder In The Family: Tyler Blansit charged with the murder of his mother, Sherry Ann Blansit

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Blansit home

Idyllic Mentone rocked by 1st homicide in decades as UAB student bludgeons mom over grades
Police investigating murder after woman’s body found in Mentone
UAB student admits beating mother to death during argument about his grades, sheriff says
Son arrested after Mentone woman found murdered in backyard
Son killed mother in argument over college grades, sheriff says
College student accused of killing mom in argument over grades
Sheriff: Argument over grades led to mother’s slaying

Tyler Ryan Blansit
Tyler Ryan Blansit

Monsters Among Us: Ronald Ebens and Michael Nitz beat Vincent Jen Chin to death with a baseball bat

Vincent Chin
Vincent Chin

Vincent Chin was beaten to death because his attackers, Ronald Ebens and his stepson Michael Nitz, thought he was Japanese and was there to “take their jobs”. Wrong. Vincent Chin was a Chinese-American and draftsman. Yes, Vincent also fought these guys and may have even egged them on, while they were at the strip club. However, when they all went to McDonald’s (Ebens searched for Chin and finally found him there), Ebens and Nitz beat him to death with a baseball bat. But there was no justice for Vincent Chin. From the Judge, Prosecuting Attorney and even the Defense Attorney, Chin’s life was not worth much. Even the Judge said that it was not a brutal murder. What??!! I a overwhelmed with anger at that. Set aside the racial issues, Vincent Chin was beaten to death with a bat. Even on his head. But that is apparently “not brutal”. If it had been the Judge’s or Prosecuting Attorney’s child, I am betting it would have been said to be brutal. But Vincent Chin’s final words should haunt everyone, and I do mean everyone, “It’s not fair.”

Remembering Vincent Chin
The Murder of Vincent Chin – 30 Years Later
Guest commentary: 30 years after Vincent Chin’s killing, the challenge to fight bigotry remains
White House: Remembering Vincent Chin
Why Vincent Chin Matters
Vincent Chin’s murderer still sorry, but 30 years of freedom haven’t changed his view of the crime
Ronald Ebens, the man who killed Vincent Chin, apologizes 30 years later
Wikipedia: Murder of Vincent Chin

Movies/Documentaries
Fatal Encounters: Killer Swing
Who Killed Vincent Chin?
Vincent Who?

Ebens and Nitz
Defendants
Ronald Ebens – pled guilty, sentenced to 3 years probation and fined; convicted of civil rights violations and sentenced to 25 years in federal prison, acquitted on retrial; civil suit- ordered to pay $1.5 million at $200 a month for the fist 2 years, then 25% of his income or $200, whichever was greater
Michael Nitz – pled guilty, sentenced to 3 years probation and fined; acquitted on federal civil rights trial; civil suit – $50,000 with $30 weekly payments

Parents Gone Wild! Sheronda Hall Reselva arrested for hitting her 17-year-old son with a baseball bat while he was sleeping


Sheronda Hall Reselva

Florida mom jailed for baseball attack on sleeping 17-year-old son
Police: Mom struck sleeping son 30 times with baseball bat
Police: Mom struck sleeping son 30 times with baseball bat
Mom jailed in baseball attack on son
‘I wanted to kill my son’: Shocking confession from Florida mom who no longer wanted to care for child, police say

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