Correctional Officer W. H. Aston

Correctional Officer W. H. Aston

Oklahoma Department of Corrections, Oklahoma

End of Watch Wednesday, August 4, 1948

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W. H. Aston

Correctional Officer W.H. Aston succumbed to head injuries received six days earlier when he was attacked by an inmate at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary.

He observed the inmate extending a mirror from his solitary confinement cell and went to take it away. When he opened the cell door the inmate attacked him and beat his head against the floor, cell door, and bars. The attack was stopped by other officers and Officer Aston was taken to a local hospital. He initially refused treatment but was readmitted the following day when his condition worsened. He succumbed to his wounds on August 4, 1948.

The inmate, who was serving a 10 year sentence for auto theft, was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison October 10, 1948. In 1974 the Oklahoma parole board recommended his release and he was paroled a few months later. In 1983 he was returned to prison for second degree burglary and returned again in 1987 for larceny. He was paroled for the third time May 25, 1988.


  • Age 65
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Incident Date Friday, July 30, 1948
  • Weapon Person
  • Offender Paroled

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 65th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

January 30, 2013

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