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.


  • Age 37
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

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

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Still reflecting about you Sgt Burchfield and honoring you in my thoughts. I always remember the day you told me to go home your mustache was a little longer then the picture I see and I remember you setting at the desk with both your arms on the desk in front . I think maybe I will try and draw a picture of that moment. C/O M Nelson

Sgt Howell Burchfield - San Quentin A Sgt that always told me I was doing a good job. He I believe had Officer ask me to go through fire training Sch

June 9, 2018

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