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  • In tell-all, relative of girl raped at Angola says 'it was a coverup' Play Video

    November 8, 2017 6:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Frustration deepens for at least one family member of a 13-year-old who was reportedly raped by an inmate on the grounds of the State Penitentiary on the last day of the famous Angola Rodeo. Wednesday, the family member told the WBRZ Investigative Unit, they tried to... more »
  • Sheriff on why child, inmate were together in bathroom: 'We're not going to answer that' Play Video

    November 7, 2017 6:40 PM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE – A parade of rural officials – ranging from elected leaders to appointed prison chiefs – slammed reports of a child being sexually assaulted by an inmate at the State Penitentiary during a recent Angola Rodeo. The WBRZ Investigative Unit has spoken with multiple sources at several... more »
  • Angola inmate shot and killed after charging at officers

    September 15, 2017 4:32 PM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE - An inmate at Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola was shot and killed by officers after aggressively running towards them, according to Louisiana State Police. The incident occurred around 6:30 a.m. Friday. Troopers say officers were transporting inmates from Camp C to their work area, when 35-year-old... more »
  • Angola inmate recovers from West Nile Virus; prison officials taking preventative measures

    July 20, 2017 2:29 PM

    ANGOLA – An inmate at the Louisiana State Penitentiary has recovered from the first known case of West Nile Virus at the prison, the Department of Public Safety and Corrections confirmed. The inmate, who has not been identified and only described as middle-aged, was diagnosed with the... more »
  • Guard, visitor arrested for having drugs at Angola

    June 13, 2017 10:30 AM

    ANGOLA – A guard and a visitor at the notorious state pen are facing charges for, on separate occasions, trying to smuggle drugs into the prison. Details of the arrests were released Tuesday. State prison officials said the smuggling operations were busted within 24 hours – the most recent... more »
  • Former Angola employee arrested for allegedly using department funds for personal use

    June 6, 2017 6:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A former employee of the Angola prison was arrested after allegedly using a credit card for one of the prison's internal organizations to make personal purchases. Attorney General Jeff Landry's office reported the arrest of 52-year-old Sidney Davis for charges of unauthorized use of a moveable (over... more »
  • Angola inmate charged with beating cellmate to death

    May 26, 2017 12:27 PM

    ANGOLA- A prisoner at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola is facing murder charges in the alleged beating death of his cellmate, one in a string of inmate-on-inmate attacks at the facility. The Advocate reports 37-year-old Wilbert Carter was rebooked on a count of second-degree murder in the death of... more »
  • Non-violent offender walks free from Angola Play Video

    May 12, 2017 5:21 PM

    ANGOLA- A man convicted on a burglary charge and sentenced to seven to ten years became the first man from Baton Rouge to walk free from Angola after completing a new court program that helps those re-integrate back into society. The Re-entry Court program allows offenders sentenced from... more »
  • Lawmakers ask for deeper dive into Angola prison rodeo finances

    March 21, 2017 3:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana state lawmakers have asked auditors to review a decade of financial documents from the prison rodeo held at the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola. The request to Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera was lodged Tuesday by the Legislative Audit Advisory Council. The scrutiny comes after an audit... more »
  • No indictment in prison house rape case; Accuser said she was punished for talking on TV

    March 6, 2017 4:17 PM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE – An Angola assistant warden was not indicted by a grand jury during a hearing in West Feliciana Parish Monday. Instead, a grand jury handed up a no true bill in the case against Barrett Boeker. Boeker was accused of raping a woman at his house on... more »
  • Former Angola prison official pleads guilty to fraud

    February 17, 2017 6:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A high-ranking official at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola has pleaded guilty to a federal charge of wire fraud linked to the theft or misuse of as much as $160,000 from a fund meant to improve recreational opportunities for prison employees and their families. The Advocate... more »
  • Alleged victim: "Angola assistant warden raped me while family was asleep" Play Video

    February 9, 2017 6:36 PM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE- An assistant warden accused of rape at Angola met his accuser in court today. Next month, a grand jury will convene specifically to hear about his alleged actions. The victim told WBRZ Chief Investigator Chris Nakamoto Barrett Boeker raped her while his wife and children were asleep... more »
  • Angola Prison Rodeo tickets go on sale Wednesday

    January 30, 2017 4:18 PM

    ANGOLA - Warden Darrel Vannoy has announced t ickets for the 2017 Angola Prison Rodeo will go on sale Wednesday, Feb. 1. The warden invites the public to come and enjoy the prison's annual rodeo featuring witness offenders in a variety of competitive events, including convict poker, wild cow... more »
  • Audit: Work on ex-Angola warden's homes may have broken law

    January 23, 2017 10:23 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A government audit has found that the former warden of Louisiana's largest prison may have violated state law by using prison resources and public funds to renovate and furnish his homes. A report released Monday by the Louisiana Legislative Auditor's office also details other potentially illegal transactions... more »
  • Angola prison magazine's inmate editor to be freed

    December 23, 2016 9:48 AM

    ANGOLA - Gov. John Bel Edwards has ordered to free from prison the inmate editor of a magazine produced at the State Penitentiary at Angola. Media outlets report 60-year-old Kerry Myers was convicted of murder in 1990 for the fatal beating of his wife inside their Harvey home. Myers received... more »
  • Angola assistant warden charged with rape

    December 20, 2016 3:39 PM

    ANGOLA – An assistant warden at the state penitentiary was booked into the local parish jail on rape charges. The West Feliciana Parish Sheriff's Office said Barrett Boeker, 34, was booked on second-degree rape in an assault. The attack happened on Nov. 30, according to a police report released... more »
  • Three former Angola guards indicted for covering up inmate beating

    November 2, 2016 5:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Federal prosecutors announced Wednesday that three Angola prison correctional officers were indicted for beating a handcuffed inmate then conspiring to cover up the crime. United States Attorney Walt Green said 40-year-old Daniel Davis, 31-year-old John Sanders and 38-year-old James Savoy were charged in a multi-count indictment... more »
  • Former Angola employees charged with felony theft

    October 26, 2016 5:00 PM

    ANGOLA – Two former Angola prison employees were charged with felony theft after deputies say they stole $160,000 from fund meant to benefit employees. The West Feliciana Parish Sheriff’s Office says 45-year-old Shirley Whittington and 51-year-old Deborah Leonard turned themselves into authorities Wednesday afternoon. Both women were held at... more »
  • Angola Prison Rodeo every Sunday in October

    October 6, 2016 10:25 AM

    ANGOLA, La. - The Angola Prison Rodeo kicked off Sunday and continues every Sunday in October at the Louisiana State Penitentiary. Proceeds cover rodeo expenses, help to develop arena facilities and supplement the Inmate Welfare Fund, which provides inmate educational supplies. The event is a professionally produced rodeo with contracted... more »
  • Low-tech portable A/C units reducing death row heat

    August 23, 2016 11:53 AM

    BATON ROUGE - An air conditioning expert appointed by a federal judge has testified a portable air conditioner consisting of an ice chest, fan and duct has a high potential for success in helping to drop the extreme heat indexes on Louisiana's death row that threaten three ailing condemned killers.... more »
  • Judge hears of possible solutions to heat at Angola

    August 8, 2016 5:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state of Louisiana has spent more than $1 million in taxpayer money to fight a lawsuit that claims three death row inmates are exposed to dangerous heat levels in their cells. After more than three years of litigation, prison officials may have finally found a low-tech... more »
  • New Angola warden named to replace Burl Cain

    July 13, 2016 11:50 AM

    BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections announced its new warden for the State Penitentiary at Angola. Darrel S. Vannoy was chosen to serve as the new warden and has been a part of the Department of Corrections since 1975. He first served as a Corrections... more »
  • US Supreme Court declines to hear 'Angola 5' appeal

    June 21, 2016 11:14 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear the case of David Brown, the "Angola 5" member who was sentenced to death for the killing of a prison guard during a 1999 escape attempt. A state judge overturned the death sentence, but it was reinstated in February... more »
  • Official: State's refusal to cool death row isn't politics

    June 15, 2016 2:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The head of Louisiana's prison system says politics isn't a factor in the state's refusal to install air conditioning on death row, even though a lawsuit over the facility's heat levels already has cost taxpayers more than $1 million. Jimmy LeBlanc, the state's corrections secretary, attended a... more »
  • $1 million spent to avoid cooling death row

    June 13, 2016 4:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana has racked up more than $1 million in legal bills to fight a 3-year-old lawsuit that claims the state's death-row inmates are routinely exposed to dangerous heat and humidity levels in their cells. Records obtained by The Associated Press show most of the taxpayer money has... more »
  • Judge to decide if death-row inmates need air conditioning

    May 20, 2016 6:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE - As summer approaches in Louisiana, prison officials insist that ice, fans and cold showers are enough to protect death-row inmates from dangerous heat and humidity. If not, a federal judge may insist on air conditioning for inmates awaiting execution at Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola. U.S. District... more »
  • Judge to decide if death-row inmates need air conditioning

    May 20, 2016 1:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE - As summer approaches in Louisiana, prison officials insist that ice, fans and cold showers are enough to protect death-row inmates from dangerous heat and humidity. If not, a federal judge may insist on air conditioning for inmates awaiting execution at Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola. ... more »
  • Two inmates found dead at Angola, review underway

    April 2, 2016 6:33 PM

    ANGOLA – State investigators are currently reviewing the Louisiana State Penitentiary after two inmates were found hanging in their cells Saturday morning. According to the Department of Public Safety and Corrections, prison staff found 49-year-old Calvin Craddock hanging in his cell around 5:33 a.m. Saturday. Craddock was serving a... more »
  • Probe launched after rapper releases song from Angola

    March 31, 2016 4:26 AM

    ANGOLA- Authorities in Louisiana believe rapper C-Murder recorded and released a rap song while in prison. The rapper, who real name is Corey Miller, released a video for a new single, "Dear Supreme Court," last week. The rapper is serving a life sentence at Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola... more »
  • Burl Cain cleared of wrongdoing; Ex-Angola warden to hold press conference Wednesday

    March 22, 2016 5:29 PM

    ANGOLA - Allegations of wrongdoing made against former State Penitentiary Warden Burl Cain are unfounded, a multi-agency investigation revealed Tuesday afternoon. The Inspector General, State Police and Department of Corrections has spent the last few months investigating complaints that Cain acted inappropriately in his role as chief of the... more »
  • Massive $20 million diamond unearthed in Africa

    February 15, 2016 2:22 PM

    ANGOLA - An Australian mining company struck paydirt in Southern Africa as they uncovered a diamond worth more than $20 million. The 404-carat diamond was mined at Lucapa Diamond Company’s Lulo Diamond project in Angola’s Lunda Norte province. It’s the biggest diamond ever found in the country. Lucapa... more »
  • Transition plans for Angola, Dixon wardens announced

    December 10, 2015 3:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state Department of Corrections announced transition plans for the leaders at Louisiana's prisons after Angola warden Burl Cain said he will retire at the end of this year. Cain made the announcement Wednesday, after investigations began into real estate deals between Cain and family members... more »
  • December 10, 2015 Morning News Pop Play Video

    December 10, 2015 8:09 AM

    Here are today's top stories: Massive manhunt held overnight after fatal shooting Longtime Anglola warden Burl Cain to retire Tempers flare at townhall meeting in Indiana Continued warming, watching the next storm system Updates all day, every day: FACEBOOK | TWITTER more »
  • Longtime Angola warden Burl Cain to retire Play Video

    December 9, 2015 6:13 PM

    ANGOLA - Burl Cain, the warden of Angola State Penitentiary for two decades, will resign at the end of this year. The warden made the announcement Wednesday evening that he will step down effective Jan. 1, 2016, according to a spokesperson with Governor Bobby Jindal's office. “Warden Burl... more »
  • Angola inmates sending off toys for Christmas Play Video

    December 9, 2015 5:44 PM

    ANGOLA - A handful of inmates at Angola State Prison are sent off wooden toys and repaired bicycles to the West Feliciana Parish Sheriff's Office Wednesday. It's part of the Angola Toy Workshop's program to give to children in need for Christmas. Inmates craft 6,000 wooden toys and repair about... more »
  • Angola officials offer new plan to reduce heat on death row

    November 2, 2015 8:46 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Three ailing condemned killers who claim Louisiana's death row is unbearably hot can look forward to a daily cool shower, personal ice chests and more fans. But state corrections officials say opening the death-row tier doors to let cooler air flow from the guard pod is a bad... more »
  • Mistakenly released prisoner brought back to Louisiana

    October 7, 2015 11:33 AM

    ANGOLA - Authorities say an inmate mistakenly released from prison and recaptured in Georgia was brought back to the Louisiana State Penitentiary late Tuesday night. Benjuiel Johnson arrived shortly after 11:30 p.m. to resume serving his 2013 sentence for manslaughter after he waived extradition in a hearing last Saturday.... more »
  • Angola Prison Rodeo coming in October Play Video

    September 30, 2015 9:36 AM

    ANGOLA- The Angola Prison Rodeo is coming back to town for the month of October. The rodeo has become a staple in Louisiana, where people from all over the state travel to the prison to watch the inmates participate in various events. The nation’s longest-running prison rodeo features events like... more »
  • Angola inmates ask for rehearing on death row heat case

    August 10, 2015 10:14 AM

    BATON ROUGE- State corrections officials complained last fall to a federal appellate court that a federal judge was micromanaging the state prison by ordering heat indexes on death row not top 88 degrees from April through October. Now, the three death-row inmates whose lawsuit against the state prompted Judge Brian... more »
  • Sept. 2 hearing in longtime inmate's quest for freedom

    July 30, 2015 8:02 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court in New Orleans has set arguments for Sept. 2 in the case of longtime Louisiana inmate Albert Woodfox. Woodfox is seeking freedom after decades of prison isolation - and an end to the state's efforts to try him in the 1972 death of... more »
  • Appeals court says no A/C needed on La. death row

    July 8, 2015 3:41 PM

    ANGOLA - A federal appeals court said the state prison here does not need to air-condition cells on Death Row, although the state penitentiary needs to provide some relief from the heat for three inmates. The three inmates have high blood pressure and other illnesses, the Associated Press reported... more »
  • Court extends order blocking 'Angola 3' member's release

    June 12, 2015 9:11 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court has extended an order blocking the release of Albert Woodfox, the last incarcerated member of a group of Louisiana prisoners known as the Angola Three. A federal judge this week ordered Woodfox's release and barred the state from trying him a third time... more »
  • Slain guard's widow: Stop prosecution of Angola 3 inmate

    June 11, 2015 5:37 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The widow of a prison guard slain 43 years ago at Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola wants the state to drop its effort to launch a third trial of a Black Panther activist long accused in the killing. Teenie Rogers says in a statement released Thursday that... more »
  • Federal judge orders last 'Angola 3' inmate released

    June 8, 2015 9:38 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has ordered the release of an inmate who's been in solitary confinement for more than 40 years and who is the last of the so-called Angola Three still in prison. On Monday, U.S. District Judge James Brady ordered the release of Albert Woodfox. Brady... more »
  • Angola celebrates prisoner's achievements Play Video

    June 4, 2015 6:56 PM

    ANGOLA - The Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola did something this week they haven't for three years: hold a graduation celebration for nearly 400 inmates. Graduation ceremonies took place Tuesday and Thursday at the prison, with some prisoners receiving their GED and others getting certification in various fields. ... more »
  • Lawsuit claims inmates receive inadequate medical care

    May 21, 2015 8:59 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Angola prisoners have sued Warden Burl Cain and the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections, alleging substandard medical care at the state penitentiary. The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in federal court in Baton Rouge. The suit's filing comes as a federal appeals court considers a similar lawsuit,... more »
  • Wrongfully convicted man fighting for compensation from state Play Video

    February 25, 2015 7:16 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A wrongfully convicted man is fighting for compensation he is owed from the state. Glenn Ford was exonerated of a crime he did not commit and released from Angola on March 11, 2014, just before sunset. He'd spent nearly 30 years on death row before a... more »
  • Angola inmates ship repaired wheel chairs to Cuba Play Video

    February 13, 2015 4:12 PM

    ANGOLA - A handful of Louisiana State Penitentiary inmates packed a shipping container full with wheelchairs Friday to send to Cuba to help people in need. It's part of the "Wheels of the World" program where inmates repair old, worn wheelchairs, crutches, walkers and canes to ship to countries... more »
  • 3 sentenced in beating of Angola inmate in 2010

    January 9, 2015 9:46 AM

    BATON ROUGE - An Angola penitentiary guard who admitted to beating a handcuffed prisoner following a 2010 attempted escape has been sentenced to six years in prison by a Baton Rouge federal judge. Mark David Sharp, 32, is the third former corrections officer to admit to federal charges in the... more »
  • Angola warden Burl Cain considering governor's race

    January 5, 2015 2:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The long-time warden of Louisiana's state penitentiary says he may run for governor in this fall's election. Burl Cain, leader of the Angola prison for 20 years, said people have encouraged him to add his name to the list of candidates for the October election. A Facebook... more »
  • Angola inmates making old-fashioned cane syrup Play Video

    November 25, 2014 5:10 PM

    ANGOLA - There's something sweet in the works at the Louisiana State Penitentiary for the second time in nearly 40 years. Angola inmates are making homemade cane syrup the old-fashioned way. The Angola sugar mill shut down in the 1970s, but the tradition started back up last year. ... more »
  • Court won't reinstate 'Angola 3' inmate conviction

    November 21, 2014 2:50 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court has refused to reinstate the second-degree murder conviction of longtime state prison inmate Albert Woodfox in the 1972 stabbing death of a guard. Woodfox has long maintained his innocence in the killing. He is one of the state inmates known as the "Angola... more »
  • Sheriff: Angola officer accused of inappropriate behavior with an inmate killed in freak accident

    August 30, 2014 4:12 PM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE - A West Feliciana man was killed when a tree fell on his truck Saturday just before noon. Deputies say a pecan tree fell onto the vehicle of Danny Daniel, 64, in St. Francisville. Daniel and another man were driving away in the truck when the tree... more »
  • Sheriff Sid Gautreaux to be honored today Play Video

    July 25, 2014 8:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE - East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Sid Gautreaux and seven others will be inducted into the Louisiana Justice Hall of Fame today. "I am humbled by the honor of being recognized by my colleagues and the community," Sheriff Gautreaux says. "I entered a career in law enforcement... more »
  • Two Angola cellmates captured after escaping

    September 22, 2013 4:23 PM

    ANGOLA - Two Angola cellmates have been captured after attempting a daring plan to escape from jail. While in the prison yard this morning, the two inmates broke through the bottom of one gate and climbed over another before taking off into a wooded area. The Angola Chase... more »
  • Escaped inmates are now in custody

    September 22, 2013 11:21 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Two inmates are on the run after escaping from Angola State Prison. State police and the West Feliciana Sheriff's Office are currently in hot pursuit. According to the a prison official, the police have them surrounded. Both of the inmates are serving life sentences, one... more »
  • Poor quality fake money found at Angola

    February 1, 2013 5:05 PM

    ANGOLA- Four inmates at the State Penitentiary were busted for printing fake 100, 20, and 10-dollar bills. Sources tell WBRZ News 2 that the group was using a printer in the metal fabrication plant to make the phonies, which were "very poor quality." Federal authorities, including the U.S.... more »

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