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Officer Frank DeLeon | California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, California California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, California

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Frank DeLeon

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, California

End of Watch: Saturday, August 21, 1971

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 44

Tour: 4 years

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; 9 mm

Offender: Shot and killed

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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 clips 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.

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Related Line of Duty Deaths

Officer John V. Mills
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, California
End of Watch: Friday, January 16, 1970
Cause: Assault

Officer Paul Krasenes
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, California
End of Watch: Saturday, August 21, 1971
Cause: Gunfire

Sergeant Jere Graham
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, California
End of Watch: Saturday, August 21, 1971
Cause: Gunfire

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Hello Dad, I got a message from another sister. I will respond, I know you won't mind. I feel like our family just got bigger

So this goes out to Trish Pedersen, please call. I tried to connect on FB but no luck.

Thank You Dad for helping me find another sister. You are the BEST. I miss you and really miss Frankie. I'm actually having a difficult time with his loss.

SO TRISH PLEASE FEEL FREE TO GIVE ME A CALL... LOVE SHARON
AND DAD..LOVE PEEWEE AND GAZOO!!!!

Sharon Winkelman
Daughter
June 25, 2016

 

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