A look at prison life with a focus on Troy Kell.
This is the story of one prison murder.
A black inmate (Lonnie Blackmon) was held down and stabbed 67 times by two white inmates in a Utah state prison. The killing was video taped by a prison security camera.
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Blackmon, 32, was transferred from an Arkansas prison to Gunnison in January 1994 after agreeing to drop a lawsuit against Arkansas. He was serving a 16-year sentence for aggravated burglary.
Blackmon, a black, was placed in a tier that housed violent inmates who had “openly declared their allegiance to the `Aryan Nation,’ ” according to his family’s lawsuit.
On July 6, 1994, an officer left him handcuffed in a common area of the tier, where he was attacked by other inmates. Several inmates held Blackmon down while Kell stabbed him “until he was dead,” the suit said.
Produced over the coarse of three years, this documentary takes a look at the life of one of America’s harshest prisoners. Troy Kell has been in jail for over half his life – since he was a teenager.
They killed a man they didn’t know for his wallet so they could go buy beer.
The reason he committed the murder was because a girlfriend of his complained about being pestered by a young man. Troy Kell (link to Facebook Page) went overboard and killed the guy. Shot him 6 times in the face. Since, he stabbed a man 67 times while incarcerated in a Utah State Prison. Troy Kell’s family expected him to be successful. Tough pill to swallow looking at how this young man turned out. There is no word of any criminal defense attorney that represented him. Troy Kell pled not guilty at trial.
The young lady (Sandy) who sparked the event was criminally charged as an adult for instigating the murder and was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole. She was released in 2008 after serving 21 years. Troy was initially sentenced to life in prison at the age of 18 for the initial murder.