Solitary Confinement 'Ruined' Colorado Gunman
Evan Ebel went 'completely, deadly wrong': lawyer
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 23, 2013 4:43 PM CDT
This undated photo released by the Colorado Department of Corrections shows paroled inmate Evan Spencer Ebel, 28.   (AP Photo/Colorado Department of Corrections)

(Newser) – The suspected killer of Colorado corrections chief Tom Clements had a decent, middle-class upbringing that went downhill after his sister died in a car accident, USA Today reports. Evan Ebel—who died after a gunfight with police—then started getting into trouble in his Denver suburb, committing robberies, pistol-whipping a man for his car, shooting himself twice, and spending several years in solitary confinement in prison. "In my 38 years of being a lawyer, I've never had anyone go so wrong," said his attorney. "So completely, deadly wrong."

Ebel's father testified to the Colorado Legislature in 2011 that solitary confinement was ruining his son's mind. His father's old friend, Gov. John Hickenlooper, mentioned Ebel's case in seeking prison reform, and hired Clements, who curbed the use of solitary confinement. Now investigators are probing Ebel's connection to the 211 Crew, a white supremacist prison group that requires members to perpetrate a bloody attack. If Ebel killed Clements for the 211 Crew, "we will see what will amount to a war," said one analyst. "Law enforcement will come down on this gang like a ton of bricks." (See how hard solitary confinement can be on teenagers.)

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Mar 24, 2013 11:10 AM CDT
I'm so tired of people not taking responsibility for their actions! He had a bad childhood , he had loss in his life, no one loved him enough...... Or in a quote from the 60's " the devil made him do it". Get over it people! You are responsible for everything you do, say or think!
Mar 24, 2013 5:04 AM CDT
Wow, another bleeding-heart liberal news article about how some poor guy was so disenfranchised because of events in his life. Hey, this guy was a cold-blooded murderer - no one twisted his arm behind his back or held a gun to his head to make him a criminal. Let's not forget why this guy was in prison in the first place, and stop trying to blame the events of his life on his decisions. Somewhere along the line you have to take responsibility for your life, he didn't. End of story.
Mar 24, 2013 4:56 AM CDT
I'd say the guy's mind was ruined.If Tom Clements was reforming the prison system,why would an ex-con kill him?No logic here.