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Principal Keeper James B. Durnin | New York State Department of Correctional Services, New York New York State Department of Correctional Services, New York

Principal Keeper

James B. Durnin

New York State Department of Correctional Services, New York

End of Watch: Thursday, November 17, 1927

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Stabbed

Weapon: Edged weapon; Shank

Offender: Executed in 1928

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Principal Keeper James Durnin was stabbed by an inmate with a shank as he stood guard outside the prison mess hall at the Auburn State Prison.

The suspect was convicted of Keeper Durnin's murder and executed on August 9th, 1928.

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I said a little prayer today for Keeper Durnin and his family. He may be gone but never forgotten. He will always be a New York HERO.

Robyn Wilkes
November 16, 2015

 

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