Guard James B. "Jim" Sneed

Guard James B. "Jim" Sneed

Texas Department of Criminal Justice - Correctional Institutions Division, Texas

End of Watch Monday, July 6, 1931

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James B. "Jim" Sneed

Guard Sneed was shot and killed by two prisoners using smuggled handguns during an escape attempt from the Retrieve Prison Farm (modern day Wayne Scott Unit) in Brazoria County.

As the two were being punished for misbehavior, they produced the pistols and demanded that Guard Sneed hand over his keys. The two opened fire on Guard Sneed as he reached for his pistol. Both of the prisoners were taken into custody. Both men were sentenced to life in prison.

Guard Sneed was survived by his mother, sister, and uncle.


  • Age 39
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice is one that will never be forgotten. Rest in peace always.

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Delaware State Police (Retired)

July 6, 2020

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