Officer Frank DeLeon

Officer Frank DeLeon

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, California

End of Watch Saturday, August 21, 1971

Frank DeLeon

Officer DeLeon, Officer Jere Graham, and Officer Paul Krasenes were shot and slashed to death during a prison uprising when a civil rights lawyer smuggled a 9 mm pistol and two magazines of ammunition to a prisoner at San Quentin Prison. The prisoner hid the pistol and magazines in his afro wig. When one of the guards became suspicious of the wig the prisoner ripped it off, loaded the handgun, and then held the guards at bay.

The prisoner forced the guards to free 26 inmates, who then proceeded to attack the guards. They slashed the throats of six guards and also shot three of them to death. All of the guards bodies were then stacked in the cell of the inmate who started the disturbance. Two jail trustees were also murdered by the prisoners.

The prisoner who started the uprising was shot and killed by responding officers. He was awaiting trial for the murder of Correctional Officer John V. Mills at Soledad Prison on January 16, 1970.

Six prisoners were charged with the officer's murders. After a 16 month trial only one was convicted of murder. He was paroled in 1988. Three were acquitted and the other two were found guilty of assault. Only one remained in prison. He murdered Correctional Officer Robert J. McCarthy on March 4, 1971. He was stabbed to death during a prison riot at Folsom Penitentiary on August 12, 2015.

Officer DeLeon was a U.S. military veteran.


  • Age 44
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; 9 mm
  • Offender Shot and killed

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It's been 46 years since we lost you. I miss you and think of you every day! It's also been hard since we lost Frankie.
So sad to watch him just slip away from us. Mark is taking your passing very hard this year. In fact he's never gotten over losing you as well as myself and Shelly too!
I just wish (all the time) that you were around to watch us all grow up. I know I was a wild child but you still loved me anyway. I love you Dad, hope Frankie is keeping you company. Thank you for watching over me and just know you're always in my heart. Pamela

Pamela De Leon
1st born daughter

August 21, 2017

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