Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 10 years
Badge # Not available
Incident Date: 12/13/1943
Weapon: Edged weapon; Shank
Suspect: One executed; One committed suicide
Sergeant Riley was stabbed to death while questioning two inmates about a robbery that took place in the prison. Another inmate had accused the two of robbing him. During the questioning one of the inmates struck Sergeant Riley in the head with a lead pipe and the other stabbed him in the face and back, killing him. They also beat and stabbed to death the inmate who had accused them of robbery.
Both suspects were convicted of Sergeant Riley's murder and sentenced to death. One was executed in the electric chair on November 1, 1946. On May 30, 1946, the other suspect was found dead in his bed on death row a few hours before he was to be executed. He had slit his wrist with a razor blade.
Sergeant Riley had been with the agency for ten years and was survived by his wife and five children.