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Correctional Officer Stanley E. Cole | Illinois Department of Corrections, Illinois Illinois Department of Corrections, Illinois

Correctional Officer

Stanley E. Cole

Illinois Department of Corrections, Illinois

End of Watch: Saturday, July 22, 1978

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 47

Tour: 1 year

Badge # Not available

Cause: Stabbed

Weapon: Edged weapon; Screwdriver

Offender: Acquitted

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Correctional Officer Stanley Cole, Lieutenant William Thomas and Correctional Officer Robert Conkle were killed during a riot at the Pontiac Correctional Center.

Around 9:00 am, about 500 inmates were returning to their cells in the North Cell House when a riot erupted. The inmates set fire to several buildings in the complex resulting in an estimated $4 million in damages. Lieutenant Thomas and Correctional Officer Conkle were stabbed with shanks numerous times shortly after the riot began. Correctional Officer Cole was stabbed with a screwdriver.

Correctional center staff and Illinois State Police troopers were able to restore order and return the inmates to their cells 11 hours later. Seventeen inmates were charged with the murders of the correctional officers, but none were convicted.

Correctional Officer Cole had served with the Illinois Department of Corrections for one year. He was survived by his son and daughter.

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Correctional Officer Robert J. Conkle
Illinois Department of Corrections, Illinois
End of Watch: Saturday, July 22, 1978
Cause: Stabbed

Lieutenant William Nelson Thomas
Illinois Department of Corrections, Illinois
End of Watch: Saturday, July 22, 1978
Cause: Stabbed

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Rest in Peace, Correctional Officer Cole. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE

Jim CONKLE
BROTHER OF FALLEN OFFICER BOB CONKLE
July 22, 2013

 

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