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Warden Solon Tenney | Massachusetts Department of Correction, Massachusetts Massachusetts Department of Correction, Massachusetts


Solon Tenney

Massachusetts Department of Correction, Massachusetts

End of Watch: Monday, December 29, 1856

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 32

Tour: 12 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Stabbed

Weapon: Edged weapon; Knife

Offender: Died in prison

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Warden Solon Tenney was stabbed to death by a prisoner at the Charlestown State Prison.

The prisoner, a 20-year-old male, who was serving time in prison for assaulting a jail guard, was unhappy about the amount of meat he had been receiving at meal time. The man had made the knife in the prison shop. As Warden Tenney was making his rounds of the prison at approximately 3:30 pm the prisoenr ran up behind him and stabbed him in the neck. Warden Tenney was able to draw his revolver as he fell to the floor, but fired no shots. The guard on duty in the shop and two other prisoners restrained the inmate and placed him in irons.

Warden Tenney was taken to the prison hospital where he died from his wound.

The inmate later told an investigating coroner that he got the idea to stab Warden Tenney in the neck after another prisoner had stabbed Deputy Warden Galen Walker in the neck two weeks earlier.

The inmate was convicted of Warden Tenney's murder and sentenced to death. While awaiting his execution he died in prison on January 12th, 1858.

Warden Tenney had served in several correctional institutions over a 12-year period. He was survived by his wife of three weeks.

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Deputy Warden Galen Carter Walker
Massachusetts Department of Correction, Massachusetts
End of Watch: Monday, December 15, 1856
Cause: Stabbed

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Rest In Peace Warden Tenney. Your service and sacrifice is remembered.

Sgt. Jarrod L. Wilson, K9 Officer
West Virginia Division of Corrections
December 29, 2014


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