Fla. Panhandle Inmate Dies of Puncture Wounds

By: Eyewitness News; Associated Press
By: Eyewitness News; Associated Press

[UPDATE] 9-27 1:30pm -

A Florida Department of Corrections spokesperson says an inmate died after being found on September 24th with multiple stab wounds while at the Northwest Florida Reception Center. FDOC would not release his name, but Eyewitness News has learned that the man was Richard Johnson. Johnson was sent to NWFRC in August of 2008 for burglary, assault with a deadly weapon, and robbery. He was serving a 20 year sentence.

FDOC has identified a suspect but doesn't know a motive at this time.

There is a criminal investigation underway.


CHIPLEY, Fla. (AP) --

Prison officials say an inmate in a Florida Panhandle facility has died.

Department of Corrections spokeswoman Gretl Plessinger says the
inmate was found with puncture wounds on Saturday in the
dormitory-style housing unit in Chipley, which is west of
Tallahassee. He was pronounced dead at a hospital on Saturday.

Plessinger did not release the inmate's name.

It's not clear whether the inmate was a victim of an attack or whether
his injures were an accident.

The Inspector General's Office is investigating.

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  • by Anonymous Location: ga on Nov 10, 2011 at 01:26 PM
    this is my cousin and i don't appreciate the way you feel to just speak you mind after this family has been through so much. You are a Jerk! You're probably just mad because you're being investigated. Surely it's not easy to work in a prison, but unless you've have been in an inmates shoes, having to fight for your life every day and eat the dog mess yall feed them, YOU DON'T KNOW ANYTHING!! Keep you coments to yourself!
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      by anonymous on Dec 5, 2011 at 05:27 AM in reply to
      brilliant idea... don't go to prison and you won't have to fight everyday, or eat that "dog mess". I don't want to hear about being innocent either, it's true you're right innocent people are convicted everyday, but MOST of them are hanging around the wrong folks that get them fingered. It's all a result of choices. If you landed in DOC you probably made a few bad ones.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 1, 2011 at 04:25 AM
    With regards to this incident, I know what happened, but am not at liberty to speak, lest I lose my job. What I do know is that this inmate was far from a perfect angel, and just because his family thought he could do no wrong doesn't mean he didn't. This seems to be a common issue among the families of inmates. NEWSFLASH: Your "bouncing baby boy" or "precious baby girl" is not in prison for singing too loudly in the church choir. If you wish to take your frustrations out on anyone, take them out on your family member who was convicted of the felony and got THEMSELVES in prison. Don't take it out on the staff that are trying to help you AND them. We don't do this job for the money. Trust me on that one. There's bills I can't pay. Most all of us do this job for the same reason anyone else who gets into public service does-to serve and protect.
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      by Stephanie on Nov 10, 2011 at 02:49 PM in reply to
      NEWSFLASH ANONYMOUS!!!! I see you think you're extremely intelligant,so you should already know that there have been MANY men and women that have been executed only to find out later they were innocent. Not to mention all of the individuals who have been incarcerated or who are presently serving time for crimes they didn't commit. You cannot say these people are guilty just because they're in prison. You only work there. You don't know whos innocent or guilty. Also just my opinion from what you think of all prisoners, you need to get a new occupation!it doesn't sound like to me you're suited for whatever it is you do. and before you post a comment like that again for the family of the deceased to see you should put a little more thought into it. That's still their child, brother, cousin, grandson ect... if you have children, it dosent mean you're exempt from the same thing happening to your child!
  • by michelle Location: jackson county on Sep 28, 2011 at 01:56 AM
    if you have never worked in a prison you cant understand how hard it is to work with so few staff watching so many inmates, It wasnt staff that done this it was one of his kind just saying
  • by Mike on Sep 27, 2011 at 05:03 PM
    1.) In or out of prison, people make choices. Lots of people are not in prison who should be, and lots of people are in prison who should be. 2.) no comment on richard, don't know him. 3.) the quoting of Matthew 7:1? Why? it's taking one partial thought out of the context of the complete thought given by Jesus. In reading Matthew 7 contextually, it will be clear to see that God is informing us of the delicate nature that is needed when making a judgment, and that the right heart and mind should be in place for judging properly (vs. 4). Kinda like saying "Brain surgery is a very sensitive and delicate procedure - you need to have some experience and wisdom in how to perform it before you do it."
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      by urmom on Sep 29, 2011 at 01:22 PM in reply to Mike
      everyone interprets it much differently than you so let people have their own beliefs and keep yours to yourself!
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        by Anonymous on Oct 1, 2011 at 04:20 AM in reply to urmom
        I interpret it the same way Mike did, and I don't see anything in the Terms of Use that says someone can't correct someone else for taking one verse of Scripture out of context and using it in the incorrect format. God gives those that are filled with His spirit the powers of discernment and the ability to judge someone by the fruits of their tree. I can't stand for someone to tell those who have the truth to pipe down. And for the record, folks, the CORRECT text is "Judge NOT, lest ye be judged." If you're going to quote scripture and let your self-righteous, charismatic spirit show in the same sentence, do us all a favor and get it right.
  • by Kelly Location: Tally on Sep 27, 2011 at 02:58 PM
    Judge ye lest ye be judged. Just because someone is in prison doesnt make them a bad person. They just have made bad decisions. RIP Richard, you will be missed!!!
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      by Steve Not in Marietta on Sep 28, 2011 at 02:29 AM in reply to Kelly
      So what you're saying is we can't lock up thugs and hoodrats. Punks make me sick!
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      by HMA on Sep 28, 2011 at 06:14 AM in reply to Kelly
      So if robbery, burglary and assault with a deadly weapon doesn't make someone a bad person..... What does???
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        by no on Sep 29, 2011 at 01:32 PM in reply to HMA
        If someone you really cared about and would take the shirt off his back for you was in prison, wouldnt you be saying the same thing?.....ok then...
  • by 2nd Mother on Sep 27, 2011 at 02:16 PM
    Jimmy, if we are talking thugs here, YOU PAL are a cyber thu!. There's always some haters like you to offer up a sick post in the face of a tragedy. Did you forget RJ has family? If you know nothing about the person, it's best you keep your filthy trap shut. God have mercy on people like you, for even going there...shame on you. Hope you never have to face something like this, but alas, karma has a way of biting you on the tush, esp. when you spew vile & venom. Judge ye, lest ye be judged.
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      by Pamela on Sep 27, 2011 at 08:28 PM in reply to 2nd Mother
  • by Jessica Location: Crawfordville on Sep 27, 2011 at 01:29 PM
    RIP Richard
  • by Anonymous Location: Tallahassee on Sep 27, 2011 at 12:22 PM
    What a terrible shame this is...Have known this family for many years...what a great loss for all of them...yes he was in jail serving his time..he was not given a death sentence....does anyone pay attention to what is going on in these jails..this is the second death in a weeks time...RIP Richard..God will take care of you now...
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      by David on Sep 27, 2011 at 09:06 PM in reply to
      I work at a prison and there is no way for one officer to watch everything in a dormitory that houses anywhere from 140 to 258 inmates.
  • by Steve Location: Not in Marietta on Sep 27, 2011 at 12:13 PM
    My blog is for both "Concerned" and "Angelina." The investigation is ongoing, and they cannot give-up the goods on the evidence. This is no accident, and we know that. Something most do not know about this type of wound, is they normally come in pairs, equal distance appart. this gives the predator more leverage. It's not a happy thought, but it's accurate.
  • by Concerned on Sep 27, 2011 at 11:05 AM
    RIP RJ. You will truely be missed. And NO this probably wasnt an accident. Effen thugs in that place and the stupid "clueless" authorities that work there. Karma is a B*%C$!! What goes around comes around.
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      by Jimmy on Sep 27, 2011 at 01:10 PM in reply to Concerned
      So you don't think that RJ was a thug, too. With his criminal history he was just another one of the animals behind bars. I wish there was more prison justice so our tax dollars could be used for something other than housing useless thug animals.
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        by Family on Sep 27, 2011 at 02:09 PM in reply to Jimmy
        Jimmy, you are a disgusting piece of shxt for posting your vial garbage. You know nothing about RJ, so please show his family a little empathy and keep your judgmental and nasty comments to your pathetic self. May God have mercy on people like you. That's what's wrong with society today, no compassion whatsoever. All haters. You stereotype anyone that's made mistakes and ends up paying their dues, which RJ was doing. If you knoweth not what your pie hole speaketh, keep it closed. Thank you very much.
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