23 January 2008

Prisoner's Moment Of Clarity

Prisoner Kills Cellmate for Stealing Snack Cake

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A man was sentenced to 25 to 65 years in prison Tuesday for killing a cellmate he suspected of stealing his snack cake.

Benny Rochelle, 19, was convicted of second-degree murder last month for the November 2006 death of 46-year-old Jose Estrada. Rochelle was in the Kent County jail on a drug-related charge when prosecutors say he discovered his Honey Bun snack cake was missing.

He dragged Estrada from the top bunk of his bed, sending him crashing headfirst onto the concrete floor of their jail cell.

Estrada died two days after leaving jail.


Robocop's Comment:

I bet that Offender Rochelle showed him. Before you give your money to prisoner advocacy groups, protest the way our prisons are run because they do not all feature premium cable channels for their inmates, or complain that the life of a convicted felon is too inconvenient, remember the type of person you cry for. A human life was taken over a honey bun. My sympathies to the Custody Officers who had to deal with the paperwork.

6 comments:

Karmyn R said...

This makes me so sad - that a man would lose his life over a stupid snack cake. I wonder where the 19 yr old kid learned his values. There are too many of him growing up.

Sandy said...

I love your last comment! That dang paperwork. My husband,the diabetic, always said that Lil Debbie was a communist and he thinks she has some kind of unhealthy relationship with the Keebler elves.

coloursofdawn said...

Yeah, some people are just passionate about things. Just like some kids, they are passionate, or there are the 'busy' kids, who will clear an entire table with one swipe because they are told not to touch. Funny how some families have all the busy kids. The busy kids and the passionate ones end up in the prisons and the parent say "He was always a problem and we gave him everything". And then there are those who are great growing up and end up there after getting in a bind as an adult and doing hard time because they get lost in the system. Not condoning any actions, just saying there are some that come out okay after childhood and somehow go wrong anyway. And there are those who are 'active/busy or passionate' kids who do good in the world. All choices.

kitten said...

This is really really sad! I have a brother in law who is doing 10 years of which I wont speak of what for,but has really amazed me. He has always had a big ego, prideful, and I can't think of the other words. But he has done really well the last 2 1/2 years. He has a better attitude than ever, he don't complain about not having his extras, because he says he don't deserve 'em and he can't believe some of this shit that people fight about in jail.

Robocop said...

Speaking of things inmates fight over, I was in the middle of a race riot in '05 which was started over which gang can sit at which picnic benches in the rec field.

Hyunchback said...

Yes, I do really feel for the COs having to handle the paperwork and the inevitable herd of lawsuit lawyers who are going to try and cherry pick facts to make it seem like somehow, someway the COs are at fault for the actions of a scumbucket criminal.

I spent over a year practicing nursing as a temp in prisons.