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Inmate Reveals How He Dealt With Child Molesters

Jonathan Watson, 41, wrote a letter to the Bay Area News Group
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 22, 2020 9:30 AM CST

(Newser) – A California inmate serving a life sentence for murder confessed in a letter that he beat to death two child molesters with another inmate's cane hours after a prison counselor ignored his urgent warning that he might become violent, the AP reports. In a letter to the Bay Area News Group, Jonathan Watson, 41, said he clubbed both men in the head on Jan. 16 at the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison in the small central California city of Corcoran. The first attack occurred after Watson became enraged that one of the sex offenders was watching a children’s television show. Prisoner David Bobb, 48, died that day. Graham De Luis-Conti, 62, died three days later at a hospital. Both were serving life sentences for aggravated sexual assault of a child under 14.

Days before the attack, Watson said his security classification was changed and he was transferred from a single-person cell to a lower-security dormitory pod at the Central Valley facility. Watson called the switch a "careless" mistake and said he left "quite a paper trail" protesting it. Watson, who is serving a life sentence for a 2009 murder conviction, wrote that six days after he arrived at the prison, a child molester moved into the pod. Watson believed the man began taunting other inmates by watching children's television programming. "I could not sleep having not done what every instinct told me I should've done right then and there, so I packed all of my things because I knew one way or another the situation would be resolved the following day," he wrote.

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