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Correctional Officer Robert J. Conkle | Illinois Department of Corrections, Illinois Illinois Department of Corrections, Illinois

Correctional Officer

Robert J. Conkle

Illinois Department of Corrections, Illinois

End of Watch: Saturday, July 22, 1978

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 22

Tour: 2 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Stabbed

Incident Date: 7/22/1978

Weapon: Edged weapon; Shank

Suspect: Acquitted

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Correctional Officer Robert Conkle, Lieutenant William Thomas and Correctional Officer Stanley Cole 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 Conkle had served with the Illinois Department of Corrections for only two months.

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Correctional Officer Stanley E. Cole
Illinois Department of Corrections, Illinois
End of Watch: Saturday, July 22, 1978
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End of Watch: Saturday, July 22, 1978
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I miss you bob I have a lot of wonderful memories of you I tell my girls about growing up love you and miss you so much

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July 22, 2013

 

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