Sergeant Howell Burchfield

Sergeant Howell Burchfield

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, California

End of Watch Saturday, June 8, 1985

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.

Bio

  • Age 37
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

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

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I read again your Memorial Page and just noticed your birthday was on the same day I had asked my husband early in the morning to marry me after several occasions of him asking me. I now know also your wife Barbara has gone to join you. I wish I could of met and talked to her.

C/O Nelson
Department of Corrections

October 13, 2018

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