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Corrections Employee James C. Vanneter | Virginia Department of Corrections, Virginia Virginia Department of Corrections, Virginia

Corrections Employee

James C. Vanneter

Virginia Department of Corrections, Virginia

End of Watch: Monday, January 18, 1965

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 65

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Stabbed

Weapon: Edged weapon; Knife

Offender: Released in 1970

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Corrections Employee James Vanneter and Assistant Superintendent Hugh Johnson were stabbed to death while working at the Virginia State Penitentiary in Richmond.

The 30-year-old inmate, who was serving a life sentence for a murder conviction in 1952, had created an 8-inch shank out of a large file. He was working in the clothing shop when he suddenly ran to the superintendent's office and stabbed a clerk in the stomach, wounding him. He then ran to the industrial shop where he stabbed Superintendent Johnson in the stomach and chest.

Superintendent Johnson succumbed to his wounds the following day.

After stabbing Superintendent Johnson, the inmate ran to the prison hospital where he stabbed the prison doctor, and Corrections Employee James Vanneter, in the face, arm, and chest, before being subdued by correctional officers.

The inmate, charged with two counts of murder, was found not guilty by reason of insanity. He was released from prison in 1970 after the Virginia Supreme Court overturned his 1952 murder conviction. On December 30, 1971, he shot and killed two men in Spartanburg, South Carolina. He was convicted of two counts of murder and sentenced to life. He died in prison on May 16, 2002.

Doctor Vanneter was a United States military veteran.

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Virginia Department of Corrections, Virginia
End of Watch: Tuesday, January 19, 1965
Cause: Stabbed

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 46th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never dimishes respect, not even 46 years.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

January 18, 2011


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