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Corporal Barbara Ann Ester | Arkansas Department of Correction, Arkansas Arkansas Department of Correction, Arkansas


Barbara Ann Ester

Arkansas Department of Correction, Arkansas

End of Watch: Friday, January 20, 2012

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 47

Tour: 12 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Stabbed

Weapon: Edged weapon; Shank

Offender: Sentenced to death

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Corporal Barbara Ester was stabbed to death by an inmate at the East Arkansas Regional Unit in Brickeys, Arkansas.

She had observed an inmate in possession of contraband pair of sneakers and entered the open barracks to confiscate them. As she approached the inmate he suddenly stabbed her twice in the stomach with a shank.

Corporal Ester was flown to a hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, where she succumbed to her wounds.

The 32-year-old inmate, who was serving a life sentence for murder, was immediately taken into custody and transferred to the maximum security wing of the prison. On November 7, 2014, he was convicted of murder and sentenced to death.

Corporal Ester had served with the Arkansas Department of Correction for 12 years. She is survived by her husband, who also serves as an officer at the same facility, and one child.

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I was an inmate at Brickeys prison and I just want to say that mrs. Ester is still held in high esteem by staff and inmates alike. She showed a level of bravery that even the supervising officer could not.

Inmate P. Finnegan #148114
Former Inmate
September 28, 2016


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