Sergeant Howell Burchfield

Sergeant Howell Burchfield

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, California

End of Watch Saturday, June 8, 1985

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Howell Burchfield

Sergeant Howell Burchfield was stabbed to death when he was attacked by an inmate at the San Quentin State Prison's Carson Unit.

He was stabbed in the heart causing him to bleed to death. All three inmates involved in the attack were convicted of his murder. The inmate who stabbed him and the inmate who ordered the stabbing were sentenced to life with no possibility of parole. The inmate who made and provided the shank was sentenced to death.

Sergeant Burchfield had been employed with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation for 12 years, and is survived by his wife and five children.


  • Age 37
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Shank
  • Offender Sentenced to death

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Dear Marjorie :

I’m deeply sorry what happened to your Dad and your family. I was always looking at his article and told Doctor Lamb the first Psychiatrist I was trying to figure out a puzzle and that was about your dads death. I read about it but? The things I’ve read. I think your mom came on my tex message saying he wasn’t replaced. I wanted to go back to work at San Quentin but my Paralegal Rich Montez wouldn’t let me he said forget San Quentin but I was always looking at the article and trying to figure it out and even read obituary of your grandma funeral there I found out your mothers name and he had five children I’m sorry but I want you to know I’m sorry I sent the article to OJ Simpson’s Attorney to help officers and inmates. I want you to know I’m here if you ever want to talk and I know your your mother passed shortly after I messaged about it. My number is+13522092609. Officer took my watch at Vacaville and Officer Stinson came to me asking me what time it was I said I lost it a year ago because of your dad death. He was never forgotten by me they offered me Sgt but my sister wore my uniform. I really wanted to marry a correctional officer too.

C/O Nelson
Department of Corrections

June 28, 2019

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