Correctional Officer Louis F. Jewett, Jr.

Correctional Officer Louis F. Jewett, Jr.

New Mexico Corrections Department, New Mexico

End of Watch Saturday, April 4, 1981

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Louis F. Jewett, Jr.

Correctional Officer Louis Jewett succumbed to stab wounds sustained 28 days earlier at the New Mexico State Penitentiary when he was attacked while attempting to prevent two inmates from stabbing a third inmate. The third inmate was also stabbed to death during the incident.

Both inmates were convicted of two counts of first-degree murder. One was sentenced to two life terms to run consecutively with another life term he was serving. The other inmate was sentenced to death. In 1986 the New Mexico governor commuted the death sentence to life in prison.

Officer Jewett had served with the New Mexico Corrections Department for only five months. He was survived by his wife, daughter, and two sons.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 5 months
  • Badge 458

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Incident Date Thursday, February 26, 1981
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Shank
  • Offender Convicted of murder

assault, prisoner custody

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Rest in peace Correctional Officer Jewett.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

February 23, 2022

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