Crime

Prisoners Execute Fellow Inmate In Brazil

| by Jordan Smith

Prisoners at a correctional facility in Brazil turned on a fellow inmate and executed him in a communal cell.

Valdair Leonel, 51, was reportedly a child rapist, although it is unclear from the Mad World News report whether he had been convicted of these charges.Police arrested Leonel on Jan. 11 for allegedly violating a protection against him from a woman he had previously assaulted. He was taken to a prison in the state of Goias.

After discovering that the man allegedly sexually assaulted a 9-year-old child, the other 14 inmates in his cell made a noose out of a bed sheet.

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His cell mates reportedly raped Leonel before they hung him.

Emergency staff responded to the incident, but were unable to revive Leonel.

Brazil's prisons are notorious for high levels of violence. Nearly 135 prisoners have died in Brazilian jails since the beginning of 2017, with many of them being decapitated, BBC reports.

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Tensions between two major gangs, the First Capital Command and Red Command, has caused most of the prison violence. There is no indication if the prisoners responsible for Leonel's death are gang members.

The story of Leonel's execution broke on Jan. 23, one day after the death of a 66-year-old male prisoner in West Virginia who was convicted of sexually abusing two children.

Another inmate fatally injured Eugene Robert Anderson in the prison's recreation area, leading authorities to put the prison on lockdown, WSAZ reports.

After pleading guilty to 10 counts of sexual abuse, Judge Tod Kaufman handed down the maximum sentence to Anderson. The former college professor confessed to a trooper that he had sexually abused two boys, one aged 13 and the other 14.

A makeshift weapon was recovered from the scene, and West Virginia State Police is further investigating the incident that lead to his death.

Sources: WSAZ, BBC, Mad World News / Photo credit: Plus55

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