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Correctional Officer Robert J. McCarthy | California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, California California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, California

Correctional Officer

Robert J. McCarthy

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, California

End of Watch: Thursday, March 4, 1971

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 43

Tour: 4 years, 4 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Stabbed

Weapon: Edged weapon

Offender: Died in prison

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Correctional Officer Robert McCarthy was stabbed and killed while working at the Central Correctional Training Facility in Soledad.

Officer McCarthy was mortally wounded at 11:10 pm during the nightly head count in X wing. He was stabbed in the neck when a rape convict called him to a cell under the pretext of mailing a letter.

The convict was also awaiting trial on charges of assaulting a guard in December, 1970. On August 21, 1971, he was involved in a riot at San Quentin Prison that resulted in the murders of three correctional officers, Officer Paul Krasenes, Officer Jere Graham, and Officer Frank Deleon. He was one of six convicts charged with their murders. They became known as the "San Quentin Six" and their 16 month trial was the longest and most expensive in California's history.

Officer McCarthy's killer was sentenced to life and has been denied parole nine times. He was stabbed to death during a prison riot at Folsom Penitentiary on August 12, 2015.

Officer McCarthy had been employed at Soledad since November 1966 and was survived by his wife and two children.

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Your family at CTF remembers you on this 43rd anniversary of your senseless murder on March 4, 1971. Although your killer is due to go before the parole board, we are fighting for you and your family to make sure he is not released. CTF employees will be visiting and reflecting at the memory garden throughout the day. Thank you for your service.

Jeff Soares

Associate Warden
Correctional Training Facility
March 7, 2014


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