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CA Sex Offender Found on Campus, Freed the Next Day:  Corin Hoggard of ABC News reports that convicted sex offender and serial parole violator Michael Anthony Wyatt, 36, was arrested last week at a Buchanan High School in Clovis, California. Wyatt was arrested and taken to jail, then freed early the next day. He was on parole for assault and, over the past nine months, has been arrested and released from the county jail in Fresno 23 times. He is a violent repeat offender whose offenses include sexual battery. Due to AB 109, his parole violations were not considered serious enough to send Wyatt back to prison.

CA Governor Denies Parole for Manson Follower:  The Associated Press reports that California Gov. Jerry Brown overturned a state parole board decision Friday, denying former "Manson Family" member Bruce Davis' parole bid. Davis, 70, has been in prison for 40 years for his role in a 1969 killing spree sanctioned by Charles Manson. Brown cited Davis' refusal to take responsibility for his actions as influential in his decision to deny parole. Continued from this News Scan.

Massive AZ Inmate Fight Leaves 19 Injured: 
The Associated Press reports that 400 inmates were involved in a fight that broke out Sunday morning at a minimum-security unit of Arizona's State Prison Complex, Tucson. The violence, stopped by prison staff, left 17 inmates and two staff members injured.

Sex Offender Impersonating Cop Infiltrates NY Jails:  The Associated Press reports former Rikers Island inmate and registered sex offender, Matthew Matagrano was arraigned on Saturday for impersonating a corrections officer and gaining access to the facility. Matagrano, 36, posed as a corrections officer for at least a week and had access to access to Rikers Island, the Manhattan Detention Complex, and other prison facilities in New York. While inside, he associated with inmates, giving them cigarettes, and stealing a radio from an office. His motivation is unknown.

GA Supreme Court Upholds Death Sentence for Killer:  Chuck Williams of the Ledger-Enquirer reports that on Monday the Georgia Supreme Court unanimously upheld the death sentence for convicted killer Ward Anthony Brockman. Brockman was convicted of murder and attempted armed robbery in the 1990, resulting in the death of gas station manager Billy Lynn. Defense attorneys argued that the original sentence was invalid because the prosecution failed to prove the aggravating circumstances. The court, however, found him to be guilty beyond a reasonable doubt and upheld the original sentence. 

AZ Asks Supreme Court To Lift Execution Stay: 
The Associated Press reports that the state of Arizona is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to allow the execution of killer Edward Harold Schad, 70. The state's Attorney General's Office says the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' stay of execution was issued illogically and lacked discretion. Schad, discussed in this post, is convicted of the murder of a man in August 1978. 

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