Correction Officer Robert B. Vallandingham

Correction Officer Robert B. Vallandingham

Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, Ohio

End of Watch Wednesday, April 14, 1993

Robert B. Vallandingham

Correction Officer Robert Vallandingham was killed when he was strangled by inmates during a prison riot at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility.

He and several other officers had been taken hostage during the riot and had been held for four days before Officer Vallandingham was murdered. The remaining hostages were eventually freed.

Three of the inmates were sentenced to death for his murder.

Officer Vallandingham had previously served with the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He was survived by his wife and son and is buried at Greenlawn Cemetery in Portsmouth, Ohio.


  • Age 40
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Weapon Person
  • Offender Sentenced to death

prison riot

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I was working the day Bob's life was taken from us. I attended his funeral with some other SOCF officers. I was amazed at the large attendance and corrections and law enforcement from so many places. I personally will never forget the riot or Bob's sacrifice. RIP my brother.

Lt. Wayne E. Fout, retired SOCF

March 13, 2015

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