February 17, 2014 11:54 AM
BATON ROUGE - The state corrections department says the only way it can lower heat levels on Louisiana's death row to a federal judge's requirements is by installing air conditioning.
U.S. District Judge Brian Jackson ruled in December that death row gets so hot it violates U.S. constitutional protections... more »
January 27, 2014 11:02 PM
BATON ROUGE- The state said Monday night, a planned execution remains on schedule, despite the inmate's attorney fighting to have it postponed because of questions surrounding the procedure used in the death penalty in Louisiana.
A lawyer for Christopher Sepulvado, who was convicted of the beating and scalding death... more »
December 24, 2013 4:26 PM
ANGOLA- A guard at the state penitentiary is on the other side of the cell walls after she was arrested on smuggling charges.
Investigators said Tuesday, LeAngela Handy was stuffing her bra with drugs and other illegal items and sneaking them into the prison.
"She had her a... more »
December 19, 2013 4:57 PM
ANGOLA- Prison leaders at the state penitentiary will have to devise a plan to cool cells on death row after a judge ruled it is so hot, the heat violates constitutional protections against cruel and unusual punishment.
U.S. District Judge Brian Jackson released his decision Thursday in a civil... more »
November 26, 2013 6:16 PM
ANGOLA - There's something sweet in the works at the Louisiana State Penitentiary.
Angola prisoners are once again making homemade cane syrup from prison grown sugar cane, a practice started in the early 1900s but abandoned decades ago.
The process uses a mule and an old-fashioned cane press... more »
October 21, 2013 9:43 PM
BATON ROUGE - The brother of security guard Brent Miller, stabbed to death at the state penitentiary, says his killers should stay in prison.
Two of the "Angola 3," Herman Wallace and Robert King have been released for the death of Miller in 1972. Wallace died of cancer in... more »
October 3, 2013 5:12 PM
ST. FRANCISVILLE - A grand jury in West Feliciana Parish has indicted 71-year-old Herman Wallace again in the 1972 slaying of an Angola prison guard.
Wallace, who is dying of liver cancer, was ordered released Tuesday by a federal judge, who found that women had been excluded by Wallace's... more »
October 2, 2013 10:25 PM
BATON ROUGE- A humanitarian organization is calling for the release of the third, and last incarcerated of the Angola Three.
Albert Woodfox remains in prison after Herman Wallace, 71, was released Tuesday from Hunt Correctional Center after a judge decided his indictment in the 1970s violated his Constitutional rights.... more »
October 1, 2013 2:52 PM
BATON ROUGE- A federal district judge decided a convicted killer should be freed from his sentence, citing issues with how the man was indicted a number of years ago.
Chief Judge Brian Jackson said the rights of Herman Wallace were violated because there were no women on the jury... more »
September 30, 2013 7:51 AM
ST. FRANCISVILLE - A 26-year-old Houma man charged with attempted second-degree murder after ramming the front gate at the state penitentiary is scheduled for a Dec. 5 motions hearing after pleading not guilty Sept. 19.
Floyd Tillman also faces charges of cruelty to juveniles, simple criminal damage to property... more »
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 »
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 »
September 9, 2013 3:23 PM
ANGOLA - Sheriff's deputies upgraded charges today against the man accused of crashing into the Angola prison's main gates this weekend to include attempted murder.
A judge set a bond for Floyd Tilliman at $225,000 today. Investigators said they added the charge because he also rammed his vehicle into... more »
September 9, 2013 9:54 AM
ANGOLA - Bond could be set Monday for a man who allegedly ambushed the Angola State Penitentiary over the weekend.
Prison officials say guards opened fire on the vehicle with two children inside when it crashed through the main entrance gates Sunday afternoon.
Correctional officers reportedly saw a... more »
September 8, 2013 5:55 PM
ANGOLA - Prison officials say guards opened fire on a vehicle with two children inside that crashed through the Angola State Penitentiary main entrance Sunday around 2:30 p.m.
Officials say correctional officers saw a suspicious vehicle approaching and backing up multiple times. Investigators said the car was being driven... more »
August 24, 2013 10:38 AM
BATON ROUGE - Triple-digit heat indexes experienced by three convicted murderers suing officials at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola are similar to the conditions endured by inmates on Death Row in Texas, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. But condemned prisoners in Arkansas have air conditioning and Arkansas prison policy calls... more »
August 6, 2013 6:25 PM
BATON ROUGE - The warden of the Louisiana State Penitentiary has apologized to a federal judge for efforts to try to cool death row cells when independent temperature monitoring had been ordered. Burl Cain, warden at the Angola prison, said Tuesday that he made a mistake when he added temporary... more »
August 5, 2013 2:46 PM
BATON ROUGE- A federal judge is questioning whether state officials damaged independent data collection of temperatures on Louisiana's death row. The information was being collected at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola as part of a lawsuit claiming that three condemned killers are forced to live in dangerous heat conditions.... more »
July 12, 2013 11:09 PM
ANGOLA- The governor commuted the sentence of a man at the state penitentiary serving time for a murder in Baton Rouge years ago.
Shelby Arabie was in prison for life but will now only serve 45 years. He has completed about half.
Governor Bobby Jindal said Arabie is... more »
July 10, 2013 10:53 PM
BATON ROUGE- WBRZ News 2 obtained a letter, written by convicted hitman Michael Louding, to rapper Lil Boosie.
The letter was presented during a hearing this week concerning Louding's sentence for being hired to kill a man in October 2009.
The page and a half, handwritten letter contains... more »
July 8, 2013 5:42 PM
ANGOLA - A guard tower from Angola State Penitentiary will be removed this week and make its way to Washington D.C. to be displayed in a Smithsonian museum.
The tower will be on display in the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture. The museum is currently... more »
June 10, 2013 5:05 PM
BATON ROUGE - A New Orleans-based advocacy group has filed a federal lawsuit against the state alleging inhumane conditions for death row inmates at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola. Filed on behalf of three inmates, the lawsuit says the prisoners are forced to live in poorly-ventilated cells where average... more »
May 31, 2013 10:56 PM
ANGOLA- Prison authorities are investigating if convicted killer Brandon Scott Lavergne broke the State Penitentiary rules by sending a letter addressed to the "Acadiana community."
Lavergne's two-page doctrine asks for mercy for killing Mickey Shunick last year and another woman more than ten years ago. Shunick was last seen... more »
February 19, 2013 10:44 PM
BATON ROUGE- Former LSU football star Billy Cannon will spend the night in ICU and doctors will assess his situation Wednesday after the legend had a stroke Tuesday afternoon. Cannon, who won the Heisman in 1959 and played for the American Football League, was rushed to the ER from Angola,... more »
February 19, 2013 1:55 PM
ANGOLA - LSU athletics officials confirmed that former Tiger football star and Heisman Award winner Billy Cannon was rushed to the hospital today after suffering a stroke.
Cannon, the 15-year director of Angola State Penitentiary's dental program, was rushed by ambulance from the prison according to Angola officials.
... more »
February 19, 2013 7:30 AM
ANGOLA - A 41-year-old New Orleans woman remains in the West Feliciana Parish after her arrest on drug counts at Louisiana State Penitentiary. Maj. Archer Lee says Sharon T. Richards was booked on five felony counts Monday after she attempted to enter the Angola prison with quantities of heroin, marijuana,... more »
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 »
January 28, 2013 9:44 PM
NEW ORLEANS - The Louisiana Supreme Court has denied a bid to block the scheduled execution of condemned child-killer Christopher Sepulvado. Sepulvado is scheduled to die by lethal injection on Feb. 13. Louisiana's last execution took place in 2010. The 69-year-old man's lawyers argued he should be allowed to challenge... more »
January 18, 2013 7:16 AM
ST. FRANCISVILLE - Trial for the last of the five Angola inmates accused of killing a penitentiary security officer in 1999 has been set for the week of May 20. The new attorneys for inmate Barry Edge last month won a delay of the trial that was scheduled to begin... more »
December 6, 2012 5:22 PM
BATON ROUGE- A former employee at the Louisiana Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness says he was fired for pointing out taxpayer waste after Hurricane Isaac.
Bruce Ellis says he was given additional duties before the storm hit. He says the state spent tens of millions of... more »
December 3, 2012 4:06 PM
ANGOLA- Inmates at the state's maximum security prison are working overtime to fill all the orders on Santa's list before Christmas.
It's a tradition every year that gets inmates working on their down time to make toys and fix bikes for needy children.
"They are elves," said Tom... more »
November 16, 2012 9:30 AM
BATON ROUGE - The judge presiding over condemned serial killer Derrick Todd Lee's latest appeal has refused to have evidence presented at Lee's 2004 capital murder trial sent to a private lab for examination.
State District Judge Richard Anderson denied the defense motion Thursday after prosecutor Dana Cummings objected.... more »
August 17, 2012 4:54 PM
LAFAYETTE - Brandon Scott Lavergne arrived at Angola state prison this afternoon, beginning his life sentence for murdering Mickey Shunick and Lisa Pate.
Lavergne pleaded guilty this morning to both murders in exchange for the life sentence. Prosecutors said inmates at the jail he had been booked into were... more »
May 16, 2012 6:00 PM
ANGOLA - After being granted a stay of execution in exchange for a "life sentence" at the Angola state penitentiary, a wolf-dog hybrid named 'Chief,' will soon be guarding inmates.
The dog was slated to be euthanized for aggressive behavior, but Angola Warden Burl Cain stepped in to take... more »
May 2, 2012 5:36 PM
ANGOLA- Convicted murderers and armed robbers will portray the lives of Jesus and his disciples in the first ever American performance of "The Life of Jesus Christ," a play originally written by Peter Huntley.
The inmates, alongside offenders from Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women, worked more than a year... more »
May 2, 2012 8:35 AM
NEW ROADS - The bad dog of the neighborhood has received a life prison sentence. The wolf dog hybrid named Chief - once ordered destroyed for aggressive behavior - will become a guard dog at Louisiana's maximum security prison. The Advocate reports that District Judge James Best on Tuesday signed... more »
January 18, 2012 6:33 PM
ANGOLA - Each year, 600 wheelchairs are shipped to places like Romania, Africa and Cuba, places where some people are too poor to buy wheelchairs.
In those places, the men and women who can't walk must drag themselves around by their hands. They have callouses on their knees. Some... more »
January 18, 2012 5:46 PM
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January 3, 2012 4:09 PM
ANGOLA - A St. Tammany Parish woman is free after posting $12,000 bail for allegedly trying to smuggle marijuana into the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola. The Advocate reports 23-year-old Shauntae M. Joseph, of Slidell, was booked Sunday into the West Feliciana Parish Jail on a charge of introduction of... more »
December 5, 2011 5:47 PM
BATON ROUGE-- A handful of prisoners imprisoned at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola call themselves "Santa's Helpers," even though many are convicted murderers serving life sentences.
That's because they spend all their free time hand-crafting jewelry, wooden toys, and refurbishing bicycles for children who may not otherwise get... more »
October 27, 2011 2:48 PM
ST. FRANCISVILLE- A jury has convicted Angola inmate David Brown, 38, of first degree murder Thursday in the beating and stabbing death of Louisiana State Penitentiary security Capt. David C. Knapps in 1999.
The jury deliberated for a little over an hour in a West Feliciana Parish courtroom before... more »
October 26, 2011 2:18 PM
ST. FRANCISVILLE, La.- A jury heard a recording of Angola 5 defendant David Brown telling investigators that he dragged Louisiana State Penitentiary security Capt. David Knapps into an employee restroom and held the officer while a co-defendant hit him with a mallet.
The 49-year-old Knapps died in the restroom... more »
October 21, 2011 11:58 AM
NEW ORLEANS- A man was released from Angola State Penitentiary this morning after being cleared of a rape conviction that kept him behind bars for nearly 30 years. Henry James, now 50, was convicted and sentenced to life without parole on May 7, 1982.
JenDe O'Keefe Trigg, managing director... more »
August 13, 2011 10:18 AM
ZACHARY, La.- State corrections officials are considering a telephone access program to curtail unauthorized cellphone use in state prisons, corrections spokeswoman Pam Laborde said.
The Advocate reported authorities have confiscated 32 cellphones this year from inmates at the Angola state penitentiary, and two more were found before they could... more »
July 15, 2011 4:45 AM
BATON ROUGE- Baton Rouge rapper, Torrence "Lil Boosie" Hatch was indicted Thursday and is accused of trying to smuggle drugs into a second state prison.
The 28-year-old rapper is accused of trying to get codeine into the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola.
Hatch, who is serving time on... more »
May 25, 2011 11:39 AM
Baton Rouge - Torrence Hatch, a.k.a "Lil Boosie" may be locked up, but State Police say it didn't stop him from trying to smuggle drugs, into jail.
Detectives were tipped off that Arthur Stewart, and Titus Franklin were planning to sneak codeine syrup into Angola, for Hatch.
Stewart... more »
May 24, 2011 6:31 AM
ST. FRANCISVILLE- A state district judge has formally sentenced Jeffrey Cameron Clark to die for murdering a prison security officer. A jury chosen in St. Tammany Parish last week convicted Clark of first-degree murder and sentenced him to death in the Dec. 28, 1999, beating and stabbing death of Louisiana... more »
May 22, 2011 6:36 PM
ANGOLA- Inmates at the state penitentiary are working day and night to ensure the prison stays dry as waters there reach their highest levels ever, according to Warden Burl Cain. That hasn't stopped the prisoners from continuing with their everyday life.
"We still have to manage this farm and... more »
May 7, 2011 11:21 AM
COVINGTON, La.- The trial of a state prison inmate charged with killing a guard 11 years ago probably will take at least two weeks.
The Advocate reports that's what attorneys told potential jurors for the trial of 50-year-old Jeffrey Cameron Clark - one of five Louisiana State Penitentiary inmates... more »
May 7, 2011 9:48 AM
ANGOLA, La.- Two Louisiana State Penitentiary sergeants are accused of bringing contraband into the prison.
Warden Burl Cain says it's frustrating to deal with corrupt officials while preparing for a record-setting crest on the adjacent Mississippi River.
A statement from the prison said Sergeants Carlton Bailey and Autry... more »
May 5, 2011 6:20 PM
ANGOLA- Inmates are filling 60 thousands sandbags in the battle against the rising Mississippi River. Warden Burl Cain says improvements were made to the main levee system at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola after a major flood in 1997. The lowest spot on the main system is 68 feet.... more »
May 4, 2011 5:16 PM
WEST FELICIANA PARISH- Preparations are being made in West Feliciana Parish for the swollen Mississippi River to flood homes and businesses.
Parish leaders are also getting ready to launch a major evacuation at the State Penitentiary at Angola.
"In my term as Sheriff, I don't ever remember them... more »
March 4, 2011 11:15 AM
ANGOLA - A security officer at the Louisiana State Penitentiary has been accused of trying to bring marijuana and alcohol into the prison.
West Felciana Parish sheriff's Maj. Archer Lee says 21-year-old Darius Montgomery, of Woodville, Miss., was arrested after contraband was found late Wednesday.
Lee described the... more »
January 5, 2011 9:13 AM
ST. FRANCISVILLE, La. - The retired judge scheduled to preside over the March first-degree murder trial of Angola inmate Robert G. Carley says he will devise a questionnaire for potential jurors.
Carley and four other inmates are accused in the stabbing and beating death of Louisiana State Penitentiary security... more »
October 6, 2010 6:43 AM
The Louisiana State Penitentiary will auction horses that have been bred and raised at the Angola prison for the first time in the prison's history. The sale is set for Oct. 16 following a preview on Oct. 15. The sale is part of the third weekend of the annual Angola... more »
September 30, 2010 7:23 AM
A new judge has been assigned to preside over the trials of five Angola inmates accused of killing a security officer during an escape attempt in December 1999. An order signed by state Supreme Court Chief Justice Catherine D. Kimball names retired Orleans Parish Judge Jerome M. Winsberg to hear... more »
September 10, 2010 6:31 AM
A Louisiana State Penitentiary inmate who escaped and stayed on the run for four days last year had two years added to his life sentence. Henry Smith pleaded guilty in state district court in St. Francisville to simple escape and drew a two-year sentence that is to run consecutively to... more »
July 30, 2010 7:06 AM
Prosecutors have filed a motion to set a faster pace for trials of the five Angola inmates accused of killing a security officer more than 10 years ago. The motion seeks a Nov. 1 trial for Robert G. Carley in the Dec. 28, 1999, stabbing and beating death of Capt.... more »
July 16, 2010 5:59 PM
The Louisiana Supreme Court has issued a stay in the first-degree murder trial of a Louisiana State Penitentiary inmate accused in the 1999 stabbing and beating death of a prison guard.
The high court's decision Friday came in the case involving Jeffrey Cameron Clark, one of five Angola prisoners... more »
July 16, 2010 10:25 AM
The mistrial declared by the presiding judge in the Jeffrey Clark case yesterday has been overturned by the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals in Baton Rouge.
Clark’s defense attorneys told the judge prosecutor Tommy Block prejudiced the jury when he told jurors in his opening statement that the defense... more »
July 15, 2010 11:29 AM
A judge has declared a mistrial in the trial of a Louisiana State Penitentiary inmate, accused of killing a security officer in 1999.
Jeffery Cameron Clark is one of five prisoners, known as the "Angola Five," charged with first-degree murder in the stabbing and beating death of David Knapps... more »
July 13, 2010 6:55 AM
Attorneys continue to question potential jurors in the first-degree murder trial of Angola inmate Jeffrey Cameron Clark. The trial will be held in West Feliciana Parish, but the jurors are being chosen in St. Tammany Parish. Attorneys realized Saturday that not enough people remained in the jury pool to complete... more »
July 6, 2010 6:42 AM
Lawyers begin questioning potential jurors today in the first-degree murder trial of Jeffrey Cameron Clark, one of five Angola inmates accused in the slaying of a security officer more than 10 years ago. The jurors will come from a pool of St. Tammany Parish residents, but the trial will be... more »
May 13, 2010 7:28 AM
An inmate at Angola serving life for killing two women has confessed to a 17-year-old killing in Florida. The Volusia County sheriff says Romalis Gordon confessed to the April 1993 slaying of Christine Lazzaro, of Rochester, N.Y., during her spring break trip to Daytona Beach.
No charges have yet... more »
May 12, 2010 4:47 PM
The 58-year-old former director of the state's Prison Enterprises has been sentenced after pleading guilty to a federal charge of witness tampering.
U.S. District Judge Frank J. Polozola sentenced James H. Leslie, of Marthaville, on Wednesday to five months in prison and five months of home incarceration. Leslie also... more »
March 4, 2010 3:20 PM
At least 400 wheelchairs and walkers are en route to Cuba thanks to a handful of inmates at Angola Prison. The program Wheels for the World lets inmates refurbish old wheelchairs no longer useable in the U.S.
"Inmates love this," said Warden Burl Cain. "They're really making a difference,... more »
January 25, 2010 4:39 PM
An inmate was captured after briefly escaping his cell Sunday at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola.
Roy McLaughlin was serving a life sentence for killing his wife in East Baton Rouge Parish.
He was recaptured by guards within 15 minutes of scaling a razor wire covered fence.... more »
January 15, 2010 11:01 PM
A captain at the State Penitentiary in Angola was arrested Friday, accused of passing a cell phone to a prisoner.
Cathy Stroud is charged with malfeasance in office and introduction of contraband. She posted the $40,000 bond and left the West Feliciana Parish Prison.
West Feliciana Parish Sheriff... more »
January 6, 2010 5:21 PM
Prison leaders at Angola are preparing to execute a condemned prisoner from Livingston Parish in less than 24 hours.
Gerald Bordelon killed his 12-year-old stepdaughter, Courtney Leblanc, back in 2002. He kidnapped, raped and strangled her to death near Florida Boulevard and the Amite River.
Warden Burl Cain... more »
January 6, 2010 10:44 AM
Louisiana will conduct its first execution since 2002 when convicted killer Gerald Bordelon is put to death Thursday by injection for murdering his 12-year-old stepdaughter. State prison officials say they don't expect any last-minute disruption to the execution plans at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola. Bordelon waived his right... more »
January 5, 2010 6:56 AM
State Supreme Court Chief Justice Catherine D. Kimball has chosen a retired New Orleans criminal court Judge Dennis Waldron to preside over the trials of five Angola inmates accused of killing a security officer. Inmates David Mathis, David Brown, Robert G. Carley, Jeffrey Cameron Clark and Barry Edge are accused... more »
November 24, 2009 3:49 PM
Louisiana State Penitentiary Warden Burl Cain says a September manhunt for an escapee cost the state about $500,000. Henry Smith walked off the Angola grounds while working as a trusty. He was captured five days later while hiding under a bridge a few miles from the prison.
Warden Cain... more »
September 14, 2009 6:25 PM
Update: At a press conference announcing the capture of convicted murderer Henry Smith, Corrections Secretary James LeBlanc said the state may purchase ankle bracelets for trustees.
LeBlanc said, "That's still in it's early stages but again a use of technology we need and will look at."
Authorities... more »
September 14, 2009 11:43 AM
Update: News 2 was in St. Francisville this morning when word came out that inmate Henry Smith was captured. It happened around 8 a.m. on Pickneyville Road north of Highway 66.
Tunica Hills Elementary students will go back to their regular campus on Tuesday after being sent to Bains... more »
September 14, 2009 5:23 AM
Update: 05:16:00 Tunica Hills Elementary School will be closed today as West Feliciana Deputies continue their search for an escaped Angola Prison inmate Henry Smith. Students will be bussed to other area schools.
Deputies are now offering a cash reward for information leading to Smith's arrest. Smith is a... more »
September 13, 2009 11:39 AM
A massive search continues for the Angola prison inmate, Henry Smith. He escaped from the Louisiana State Penitentiary while working on a road cleanup detail, Thursday. More than 200 law enforcement officials around the state have joined the manhunt. Warden Burl Cain says signs indicate Smith is still in the... more »
September 11, 2009 5:12 PM
The search continues for escaped killer Henry Smith.
Smith escaped from the Louisiana State Penitentiary while working on a road cleanup detail. Warden Burl Cain says signs indicate Smith is still in the rugged terrain near the prison.
Roadblocks are being used at major intersections on the highway... more »
September 11, 2009 2:21 PM
Update: Angola Prison warden Burl Cain is telling a News 2 crew he believes an escaped inmate is still in the woods. There have been reports that 44-year-old Henry Smith may have been spotted in a green car. Warden Cain, though, now says he doesn't believe those reports. Searchers are... more »
September 10, 2009 10:24 PM
Breaking: Sources close to the manhunt for an escaped Angola prisoner tell News 2 Henry Smith may have been spotted. Alerts have been issued that he may be in a green Ford Taurus. Search teams are still looking in woods near the prison.
44-year-old Smith walked off prison grounds... more »