Terry Leggio – Life in Prison for trying to hire the deaths of the children he had molested


OMAHA, Neb. — A man who tried to arrange for the slayings of his former girlfriend and her two children has been sentenced to 50 years in prison, said Pottawattamie County Attorney Matt Wilbur.

Terry Leggio was sentenced Monday in Council Bluffs. Leggio is already serving 50 years for a sexual assault conviction. Police said he unknowingly made a deal with an undercover investigator to kill the children – he was convicted of molesting, their mother and an investigator.

Pottawattamie County Attorney Matt Wilbur said the two consecutive sentences will prevent Leggio from seeking parole until Leggio is 102.

Published in: on June 15, 2009 at 11:19 pm  Leave a Comment  

Jack Trawick – A Repeat Sex Offender – Executed in Alabama


A 62-year-old man who begged the judge at his trial to have him put him to death for the rape and murder of a young woman has been executed by lethal injection in Alabama, prison officials said Friday.

Jack Trawick was executed late Thursday after having been convicted of the murder of a 21-year-old woman in October 1992.

Local media reported that he had confessed to the murders of three other young women. Having been sentenced several times in the past, his lawyer had asked in vain that Trawick should not be paroled until he had followed a program for sex offenders.

All appeals to halt his execution were dropped, although his lawyers continued to insist that he was suffering from a mental illness.

Trawick was the fifth person to be put to death by lethal injection this year in the state.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”
………Sarah Tofte

Unless they’re dead

Published in: on June 13, 2009 at 4:45 pm  Leave a Comment  

Curtis Thompson – Repeat Sex Offender – Awaiting Sentence for Murder

CIVIL CONFINEMENT WOULD HAVE SAVED THE WOMAN’S LIFE

A rapist already sentenced to life in prison is scheduled to receive another sentence Wednesday in Seattle for murder.

Forty-five-year-old Curtis Thompson was convicted last month in King County Superior Court of stabbing a woman to death – with a screwdriver – during a sexual attack. It was the third conviction for Thompson for a crime spree in August 2004 that included rape and assaults.

Thompson previously spent time in prison for four rapes, but in 2003 a Seattle jury declined to commit him as a sex predator because he said religion had transformed his life.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”

………Sarah Tofte

Curtis Thompson – Repeat Sex Offender – Guilty of Murder

Thompson had previously served an 18-year prison sentence for four rapes in 1985. Upon completing the sentence in 2003, he was freed by a jury although King County prosecutors wanted to send him to a secure-treatment facility for sexual offenders.

A convicted sex predator already facing life in prison for other crimes was found guilty Wednesday of killing a Seattle woman in the Sand Point neighborhood nearly five years ago.

A King County jury deliberated about a day before finding Curtis Thompson guilty of first-degree murder in the slaying of Deborah Byars, 45, in August 2004. Jurors found that the crime was sexually motivated.

Thompson, whose frequent outbursts have disrupted court, refused to enter the courtroom to hear the verdict. Superior Court Judge Palmer Robinson ordered King County Jail staff to force him into the courtroom.

Someone in the audience clapped after the verdict was announced, angering Thompson.

“I hope you all die in hell, you vindictive people,” Thompson blurted out in response.

“He’s mean, he’s cruel, he’s sadistic, he’s a coward,” said Byars’ older sister, Nanci Newhall, after the verdict was read. “He has no redemption.”

Earlier this year, Thompson was sentenced to life in prison without parole for the rape of an Eastlake woman and the assault of two women at a University District apartment building around the time of Byars’ slaying.

Because of the earlier convictions and Wednesday’s verdict, Thompson will be sent to the state prison system to serve multiple life sentences.

After the verdict was read, Senior Deputy Prosecutor Scott O’Toole and defense attorney John Hicks expressed relief that their time with the most disruptive defendant either has ever seen is finally over.

“He needs to be held accountable. It’s incredibly satisfying to know that this community is a little bit safer,” O’Toole said.

Hicks, during his closing statement Tuesday, said that police were overlooking another man connected with Byars because they knew Thompson had an extensive criminal history.

“Mr. Thompson should not have his past held against him,” Hicks said.

In February, a jury convicted Thompson of rape, burglary and vehicle theft for breaking into a woman’s home on Aug. 17, 2004, and raping her. After the assault Thompson poured bleach on the woman’s body in an attempt to hide evidence.

“Mr. Thompson should not have his past held against him,” Hicks said.

In October, a jury found Thompson guilty of assaulting two women at the U-District apartment building. The victims said Thompson followed them into the building on Aug. 23, 2004, forced them into an elevator, robbed one of her engagement ring and forced the other to remove her top.

“Mr. Thompson should not have his past held against him,” Hicks said.

Thompson had previously served an 18-year prison sentence for four rapes in 1985. Upon completing the sentence in 2003, he was freed by a jury although King County prosecutors wanted to send him to a secure-treatment facility for sexual offenders.

“Mr. Thompson should not have his past held against him,” Hicks said.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”

………Sarah Tofte
Published in: on May 30, 2009 at 7:17 am  Leave a Comment  

Willie B. Allmon – Repeat Sex Offender – Charged for Rape and Murder of 8 month old grandson

A Widefield man raped his 8-month-old grandson before beating him so severely that the boy died of his injuries, El Paso County sheriff’s investigators alleged in court documents.

Willie B. Allmon, a 51-year-old registered sex offender, was arrested Thursday on suspicion of first-degree murder in the death of Isiah Wilson.

Allmon is being held without bail in the El Paso County jail. His first court appearance is Wednesday.

El Paso County sheriff’s deputies went to Allmon’s home at 46 N. Albion St. on Monday after a caller summoned an ambulance to check on an unresponsive infant having difficulty breathing.

Doctors at Memorial Hospital determined the child had suffered severe head injuries – apparently the result of abuse – and had been raped, investigators said in an arrest affidavit obtained Friday.

The child was placed on life support and died Tuesday. An autopsy determined the cause of his death was a blow to the head in what the coroner’s office called a homicide, the fourth in unincorporated El Paso County this year.

In 1998, Allmon was arrested on suspicion of aggravated incest and sexual assault. He pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor sex offense. No other details were available, but according to the sex offender registry, he fondled a child.

The same year, Allmon’s then-wife Monique Allmon petitioned the courts for protection from him, claiming that he choked and threatened her and held her against her will. She said their final break came in April of 1998 when he warned her he had a gun close by and would use it on anyone who got in his way.

She wrote in court documents that he told her, “As long as my name is Allmon, I belong to him.”

A female relative was granted a permanent restraining order against Allmon in 2002 after accusing him of sexually abusing her.

While being questioned about Isiah’s injuries, Allmon gave deputies two different accounts, an arrest affidavit shows.

He initially claimed he left Isiah on his bed when he went to use the bathroom. He heard a thud. On the floor was Isiah, with a dirty diaper. Allmon claimed he passed out as he knelt down to change the diaper.

He claimed he awoke on top of the infant. Isiah was gurgling, and his eyes rolled back in his head.

Later, Allmon changed his story.

He told deputies he accidentally banged Isiah’s head on the kitchen counter and dropped the child while attempting CPR. He denied raping his grandchild.

Allmon initially was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of felony child abuse and was released after posting a $25,000 bond.

Allmon was arrested again Thursday night after the child died and an arrest warrant accusing him of first-degree murder was issued.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”
………Sarah Tofte

Anthony Kirkland – Repeat Sex Offender – Murderer

“These are innocent, innocent victims being hunted down by a predatory animal”


A state prosecutor said Tuesday he’ll seek the death penalty for a registered sex offender indicted in the deaths of a woman and two teenage girls whose bodies were found burned.

“He needs to be executed,” prosecutor Joseph Deters said at a news conference Tuesday announcing the Hamilton County grand jury indictment of Anthony Kirkland on 12 counts involving the slayings.

Kirkland faces two counts of aggravated murder and one count each of attempted rape, aggravated robbery and gross abuse of a corpse in the death this month of 13-year-old Esme Kenney.

Kirkland, 40, was arrested on a murder charge after Cincinnati police found him near Kenney’s partially burned body in woods near her home March 8. Police say she had left her home the day before to go jogging and was strangled.

The indictment charges Kirkland with the same offenses in the death of 14-year-old Casonya Crawford, whose body was found May 9, 2006, in a Cincinnati neighborhood.

Kirkland also was charged in the indictment with one count of murder and one count of gross abuse of a corpse in the death of 45-year-old Mary Jo Newton, of Cincinnati. Her body was found in the same Cincinnati neighborhood as Crawford’s body on June 15, 2006.

Before Kirkland’s arrest in the Kenney case, he had been questioned about the 2006 deaths.

The charges in the deaths of Kenney and Crawford carry the possibility of the death penalty upon conviction, and the charges in Newton’s death carry the possibility of life in prison.

Deters described Kirkland as “a serial killer” and said he would seek the death penalty in the Kenney and Crawford cases.

Kirkland, who has pleaded not guilty in Kenney’s death but hasn’t entered pleas in the other two cases, was being held at the county jail on $5.3 million bail. A message was left Tuesday for his attorney, John Keller.

Deters said he couldn’t comment on motives in the killings, but he said Kirkland deserved “nothing less than execution.”

“These are innocent, innocent victims being hunted down by a predatory animal,” Deters said.

Kirkland was accused in 1987 of setting a woman on fire and killing her. He pleaded guilty to reduced charges and was sentenced to seven to 25 years in prison. He was released in 2003.

Court records also show he was convicted in March 2008 of soliciting sex from a 13-year-old girl and was jailed until Oct. 20, 2008. He was convicted of two counts of unlawful restraint in 2007.

Since 2005, he has been acquitted of charges of public indecency, inducing panic, endangering children, rape and aggravated burglary.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”

………Sarah Tofte

Curtis Thompson – Repeat Sex Offender – Cowardly rapist won’t face the jury

Thompson was first convicted of rape in 1988, after a jury found he had attacked four Seattle women in a manner similar to that he used against M. He served 18 years of a 25-year sentence before being released in 2003.

At the time, prosecutors fought in court to have Thompson confined through a state program for sexually violent predators. A jury disagreed, voting to release Thompson into the community.

More than four years after she unwillingly joined the group of women raped by Curtis Thompson, a Seattle woman attacked during the convicted sex offender’s violent 2004 spree got the news she’d been waiting for Friday.

After deliberating for little more than three hours, 12 King County jurors returned unanimous guilty verdicts in all three counts against Thompson. Though he already faces a mandatory life sentence in a later attack, the conviction further ensures Thompson will never be released from prison.

“Everybody has been waiting for this for four years,” said the woman, who asked to be referred to publicly only as M.

At trial, Senior Deputy Prosecutor Scott O’Toole led jurors through Thompson’s attack on M. It began with the towering sex offender breaking into her Eastlake apartment. He raped her for hours as she fought him, then doused her with bleach to hide his crime and stole her car.

Through the two-week trial, M looked on from the gallery as an often-petulant Thompson glared at jurors and berated his own attorney. She was often joined by others attacked by Thompson, including several of the four women he was convicted of raping in 1985.

“I already fought him then, so this is just follow-through,” M said after the verdict. “It was good to see him over there, sweating. … You could just see the anger.”

Thompson was first convicted of rape in 1988, after a jury found he had attacked four Seattle women in a manner similar to that he used against M. He served 18 years of a 25-year sentence before being released in 2003.

At the time, prosecutors fought in court to have Thompson confined through a state program for sexually violent predators. A jury disagreed, voting to release Thompson into the community.

Less than a year later, on the night of Aug. 17, 2004, Thompson attacked M. One week after that, prosecutors say, Thompson killed Ravenna neighborhood resident Deborah Byars before being arrested during an attack on two young women at a University District apartment building.

Thompson has been charged with first-degree murder in Byars’ death. He is expected to stand trial on that charge later this year.

A separate jury previously convicted Thompson in the U District attack, finding him guilty of 10 counts. Though he has not yet been sentenced, Thompson likely will receive a life sentence in that attack under the state’s two-strikes law for violent sex crimes.

As he has previously, Thompson refused to return to the courtroom Friday to hear the jury’s verdict. Asked to explain his client’s refusal, defense attorney John Hicks said it wouldn’t be appropriate for him to comment on Thompson before adding, in candor, that he had “no idea.”

To O’Toole, who has led the prosecution in all three cases, Thompson’s actions reflected the 49-year-old’s refusal to own up to his actions.

“He’s a man who has avoided accountability and responsibility his whole life,” O’Toole said. “He doesn’t have the strength to face the jury.”

Thompson is set to be sentenced in mid-March.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”
………Sarah Tofte

Benjamin Watta – Repeat Sex Offender – Sentenced to Death


A man convicted of raping and murdering a 70-year-old Seal Beach woman has been sentenced to death.

An Orange County Superior Court judge on Tuesday upheld a jury’s death penalty recommendation for 63-year-old Benjamin Watta.

He was convicted in June of attacking Simone Sharpe as she fed her neighbor’s cats 28 years ago.

Prosecutors argued that DNA evidence matched Watta to the crime. They decided to seek the death penalty because DNA linked Watta to an unsolved rape in Florida.

Watta was a registered sex offender and has prior convictions for attempted rape, burglary, use of a firearm and attempted murder of a police officer.

Defense attorneys have said Watta was abandoned when he was a baby and sexually abused as a child.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”

……..Sarah Tofte

Benjamin Watta – Repeat Sex Offender – Sentenced to Death


A man convicted of raping and murdering a 70-year-old Seal Beach woman has been sentenced to death.

An Orange County Superior Court judge on Tuesday upheld a jury’s death penalty recommendation for 63-year-old Benjamin Watta.

He was convicted in June of attacking Simone Sharpe as she fed her neighbor’s cats 28 years ago.

Prosecutors argued that DNA evidence matched Watta to the crime. They decided to seek the death penalty because DNA linked Watta to an unsolved rape in Florida.

Watta was a registered sex offender and has prior convictions for attempted rape, burglary, use of a firearm and attempted murder of a police officer.

Defense attorneys have said Watta was abandoned when he was a baby and sexually abused as a child.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”

……..Sarah Tofte

John M. Mason – Repeat Sex Offender – Murderer


A Stuarts Draft man charged with first-degree murder in the killing of his ex-girlfriend remained in the New River Valley Regional Jail in Dublin late Monday afternoon, according to jail officials.

Virginia State Police arrested John M. Mason, 27, around 8 p.m. on Sunday, several hours after 20-year-old Amanda K. Bush of Stuarts Draft was found in the street in the 2700 block of Knollwood Drive in Staunton with a gunshot wound, according to Staunton police. Bush died at the scene.

Virginia State Police said Mason was apprehended in Carroll County about 8 p.m. after wrecking a rental car just off Exit 1 near Interstate 77, close to the North Carolina border. A gun was recovered.

“When the trooper arrived at the scene, (Mason) was intoxicated,” said 1st Sgt. Mike Musser, stationed in Galax.

Musser said Mason had to be wrestled to the ground by the trooper after the suspect refused orders to keep his hands in sight and continuously “fiddled” with his clothing.

“He found a weapon in the waistband of his clothing,” Musser said.

The trooper suffered a slight injury to his hand during the arrest.

Mason also faces charges of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in connection with the shooting death of Bush.

Mason has several past felony convictions, including a two-year prison stint on carnal knowledge charges after he was found guilty in 2002 and 2003 in both Augusta County and Staunton for having sex with a 13-year-old girl he met at a local gas station. Other convictions, all charges from 2002, include felony eluding of a police officer, maiming as a result of driving while intoxicated and two charges of hit-and-run, Augusta County court records show.

Mason is a registered sex offender with the Virginia State Police.

On Monday, Kimberly Bell, 20, of Waynesboro, a friend of Bush’s, said she first read of the slaying in the newspaper. “I couldn’t believe it,” she said.

Bell said she and Bush often had sleepovers as kids, and said they attended Stuarts Draft Middle School and Stuarts Draft High School together before Bell left the high school.

“She was a sweet, kind person. That’s why I couldn’t believe somebody would even think about shooting her,” Bell said.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”

………Sarah Tofte