Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Lowell Prison Inmate Latandra Ellington was no angel, she had priors including bar fights, see info below, but she sure did not deserve to be beaten to death by a guard goon squad at Lowell Prison. Insiders tell me that guards (CO’s) would put bars of soap (or padlocks) in a white knee sock, tie a knot in it, and use to beat female inmates in the stomach and kidney areas, just like a scene out of the movie FULL METAL JACKET, the ‘Blanket Party’. Latandra Ellington’s cause of death appears to be blunt-force trauma to her abdomen consistent with being punched and kicked in the stomach or a ‘blanket party’.
MIAMI HERALD…..Latandra Ellington had weathered some of Lowell Correctional Institution’s harshest and most primitive realities, and was just seven months shy of freedom — and being reunited with her four young children. But on Sept. 21, Ellington wrote a chilling letter to her aunt telling her she feared she wouldn’t make it out alive. One of the officers at the prison — she identified him as “Sgt. Q” — had threatened to beat and kill her, she wrote. “He was gone [sic] beat me to death and mess me like a dog,’’ she wrote. “He was all in my face Sqt. Q then he grab his radio and said he was gone bust me in my head with it…’’Ten days later, on Oct. 1, Ellington, 36, was dead. Corrections officials said Ellington, who had been serving 22 months for grand theft, was in confinement — separated from the general population — at the time of her death because the agency had taken her family’s concerns about the alleged threats “seriously.’’
Bill Warner, a private investigator who has probed several cases at Lowell, said the female inmates who are raped or sexually abused by male guards rarely report it out of fear that they won’t be able to see their children. About 65 percent of female inmates are mothers, and the prison also houses a population of pregnant inmates, he said. “Everyone I talked to — it’s always the same story. There are beat-downs and they are subjected to indignities like males strip-searching them,’’ PI Bill Warner said.
Deanna Howard (L), Chanel Crawford (M), Latandra Ellington (R) – (Previous Mugshots) Female Bar Room Brawl Spills Out Of Decosey’s Bar, Tuesday, August 2, 2011 Lake Wales, Florida – In the wee hours of August 1st 2011, Lake Wales Police were called out to Decosey’s Bar on Park Ave because of fight that had broken out inside the bar. According to reports an affray (fight between two or more people) occurred inside the bar and continued outside. Police deployed pepper balls to disburse the group and four individuals were arrested. Those arrested were Chanel Crawford, Deanna Howard, Latandra Ellington and Michelle Howard.
Female Prison Inmate Bernadette Gregory Dies in Apparent Suicide at Lowell Correctional “Hell Hole” in Ocala Fl, She Hung Herself in Secure “Tango Dorm” Lockdown. From information obtained from a confidential informant, it appears that Bernadette Gregory was subjected to some abuse by male correctional officers before her “apparent suicide”. Bernadette Gregory appears to have gotten into a confrontation with one of the male correctional officers (CO’s) on or about Tuesday 7/21/2009, the CO first attempted to mace Bernadette Gregory when the mace failed to work the CO hit her in the head with his radio. Bernadette Gregory was then handcuffed and leg shackled and put in a wheel chair to be transported to lockdown, as she was transported across the Lowell Annex yard she was dumped out the wheel chair onto the ground and left to lay in the 90 degree heat. Bernadette Gregory was placed in secure “Tango Dorm” lockdown for her confrontation with the male Lowell CO, while in secure lockdown Bernadette Gregory hung herself. Bernadette Gregory was scheduled for release in 6 months in Jan 2010, she was in prison on a snatch and grab rap with no weapon, why would she hang herself ?