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Officer Willard Johnston | California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, California California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, California

Officer

Willard Johnston

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, California

End of Watch: Thursday, February 24, 1938

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 54

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Assault

Weapon: Edged weapon; Pick ax

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Officer Willard Johnston was killed when he was struck by a pick ax while trying to keep a prisoner from assaulting another prisoner. The incident occurred in a rock quarry at the Folsom Prison.

The inmate, sent to Folsom Prison for robbery, received a life sentence in 1928 after he beat to death a fellow inmate. He was convicted of Officer Johnston's murder and received another life sentence.

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