Correctional Officer William Robert Mayfield

Correctional Officer William Robert Mayfield

Oklahoma Department of Corrections, Oklahoma

End of Watch Wednesday, January 20, 1926

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William Robert Mayfield

Correctional Officer William Mayfield succumbed to a head wound sustained the previous day when an inmate struck him in the head with a brick at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary.

The 24-year-old inmate was shot by another guard. He was convicted of murder and sentenced to death. His sentence was later commuted to life. In 1928 he was granted a new trial, adjudged insane, and sent to the state insane asylum. When the suspect murdered Correctional Officer Mayfield he was serving a five year sentence for burglary and a additional 27 years for manslaughter for killing his cell mate six months earlier.

Officer Mayfield was superintendent of the penitentiary brick yard. He was survived by his wife and four children. He was survived by another daughter by his first wife who preceded him in death.


  • Age 46
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Incident Date Tuesday, January 19, 1926
  • Weapon Blunt object; Brick
  • Offender Committed to mental hopital

escape attempt

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 86th anniversary year of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

January 20, 2012

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