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#OLYMPIA — Other people who had their convictions erased or sentences reduced by Gov. Chris Gregoire were:

#Scott Adam Spong, who served six months in work release after pleading guilty to third-degree assault and carrying a concealed weapon without a license in 2001. Spong pulled a gun after being jumped by a group of young men in the parking lot of a Thurston County fast-food restaurant and fired, even though the beating had stopped. One attacker was wounded.

#Spong went on to serve five years in the U.S. Army, including 15 months in Iraq. Spong has been barred from working with disabled children because of the felony conviction, Gregoire noted.

#Gary Gray broke into a Kitsap County apartment and stole $50 in 1982, when he was 20, and he was convicted of possessing a stolen motorbike in Pierce County the next year. He moved to Alaska and worked in the fishing industry before working his way up to senior captain in the Unalaska Fire Department. Gray and his wife recently returned to Washington state. He hopes to become a fire investigator, but such positions require law enforcement and firearms training.

#Diana Vandenberg-Hansen was having trouble with alcoholism when she stole $7,000 from the Edmonds bank where she worked as a teller in 2003, and she racked up two shoplifting convictions. She enrolled in an alcohol abuse treatment program and decided to help others fighting alcoholism, obtaining a certificate in alcohol and chemical dependency counseling.

#Kevin Dean Walker was convicted of domestic violence and malicious mischief after grabbing his wife’s throat during an argument and subsequently kicking the window out of a police cruiser. He organizes charitable events as president of his motorcycle social club, the Seattle Iron Indians, and volunteers to provide motor escorts for military funerals, Gregoire wrote.

#Mirella Camarena-Rocha, a native of Mexico and graduate of Mount Vernon High School, has been a lawful U.S. resident since 2001. Her two shoplifting convictions from when she was 18 threatened possible deportation proceedings, though she has a husband and son in Washington.

#David W. Reed, who was convicted of breaking into an auto-wrecking yard in 1964, when he was 19. He retired after 20 years as a Pierce County Fire District firefighter in 1996, and later moved to Oklahoma, which requires a full pardon before felons from other states can be allowed to have guns.

#Along with Johnny Ray Stewart, Gregoire also issued conditional commutations to:

#Stonney Marcus Rivers, who racked up his final strike for a motel room robbery in 1996 and has since served 17 years in prison. King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg says the county now charges cases differently, to avoid life sentences for people with low-level criminal histories, as Rivers had. If he agrees to the terms of the commutation his sentence will end in January 2015.

#Ethan Corbett Durden, who led a group that burglarized the homes of drug-dealers at gunpoint in 1997, believing the victims wouldn’t call police. He was sentenced to 22 years in prison. He has participated in drug and alcohol counseling and has written letters urging young people to avoid the mistakes he made. His sentence will end in September 2015 if he complies with the conditions.

#Leon Glennquaree Toney III, whose prison suicide attempt left him in a persistent vegetative state.


On Sunday, November 3, 2013 6:24 PM, Bt Toney <btexpress001@yahoo.com> wrote:

We need to ask you and your Team of News Reporter and Staff
In All Matters concerning Leon Toney we are requesting them to be removed as you know cause you Reported Fri st Can you please remove My Son Name and address from your list This KIND OF INFORMATION IS PUTTING HIS Life Endanger and jeopardize his Privacy he has Been PARDON BY THE GOVERN of THE STATE OF WASHINGTON PLEASE REMOVE THOSE ADD and all web and News Feeds Storys that was reported, Thank you. Valerie Toney WE would Like a New Beginning and a Safe Life Thanks 253-335-2746
Post: Prison Abuse At The McNeil Island Correction Facility
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Posted by: redblackgreen
Original Content:
Alleged Inmate abuse cases lead to FBI inquiry and Civil rights violation investigation)


On Sept. 18th our family was called by other inmates at McNeil Island
Corrections to inform us that Leon was being air lifted off the island
for medical reasons. We immediately started calling to see what had
happened? In a panic and search for answers on what condition Leon was
in we as a family was left in the dark by DOC.
In our opinion if there was no "cover up" being done what policy would it be to leave a panic family in the dark of their loved ones conditions. We can account for at least 5 different family members calling up to McNeil in concern of Leon's well being with no help provided to anyone. Even though we are all in different state we had his wife Rene Matthews calling for answers as she was local. And she was given the same run around. DOC was not doing anything to let us know that Leon was getting the proper care or even if he was being cared for at all. As the time passed and we started to get information from the hospital still nothing from DOC. We learned of his state of being “brain dead” due to lack of oxygen for a sustained period of time. Only then did letters and called for other inmates at McNeil start to shed some light on the condition Leon was last seen in at the corrections hand.

One inmate accounts in detail what he saw through a letter and would like to remain nameless if possible but would stand behind what he saw DOC “lack of urgency” in assisting Leon during the emergency situation. He accounts that they heard the helicopter turned on then off. He saw the ambulance workers slowly walking to attend to Leon. He also saw Leon sitting up even at the time as the guards were all saying he was “dead”. Now if they are “pronouncing” him dead is that how DOC handles a person propping them up for all to see instead of respectfully laying him down and covering him. And if they had already said he was dead that means Leon started his fight to live amongst the very people that don’t want us to know what truly happened to him. As his family we don’t know if they really tried to save him but once we started calling around 11:45 – 12noon PST they finally decided to take him off the island to receive proper care. It is our belief if DOC would have taken him out for medical care immediately instead of sitting out for all the prison to see… he wouldn’t be in the condition he is in now.

Two weeks after the occurrence DOC finally sent a statement to our family and is quoted below as to why they didn’t give information on Leon to our family calling. But not once have they given us the details the inmate gave us as to how they even handled the emergency call and care for Leon on the island. We have and his Attorney McCloud of Seattle, WA has requested release of the accounts of what happened leading and during the events that have Leon in the hospital. We have yet to see the event log with times and actions taken by DOC.

THE BELOW MESSAGE IS SENT ON BEHALF OF EARL X. WRIGHT, PRISONS DEPUTY DIRECTOR, PRISONS DIVISION/COMMAND C
Dear Ms. Robinson: I have reviewed your recent e-mail regarding your son, Leon Toney, DOC 745863 and your concerns for his safety and the operation of McNeil Island Corrections Center (MICC). You raised several issues which I will address in this response. As circumstances unfolded during this incident, the MICC Chaplain made contact with Mr. Toney's wife, Renee Matheson-Toney who is listed as his emergency contact. Based on numerous calls to MICC from alleged family members, Mrs. Matheson-Toney and MICC staff agreed that all communications related to Leon’s condition and status would go through her. She was designated as the primary contact person for Department of Corrections/MICC. In accordance with Federal (HIPPA) Law, MICC staff are not allowed to provide any medical information to anyone, except to the person designated as the emergency contact. I realize that this was upsetting and frustrating to those who called MICC, but please understand that staff are not allowed to give any information related to an incident or an offender’s medical condition. All inquiries related to this incident and to Mr. Toney's condition and status were addressed through the MICC Public Information Officer. Also, authorization was given to allow as many family members to visit Mr. Toney as the hospital would allow within the parameters of their policy guidelines. As far as your request for a full investigation into this incident, I can assure you that MICC has already conducted an internal review, as well as asking DOC Headquarters to conduct a Critical Incident Review. In addition to the Department level review, MICC and DOC are cooperating with two outside law enforcement agencies in their review of this incident. I want to take this opportunity express my sincerest wishes for your son's recovery. I hope that I have been able to provide information that may provide some comfort to you in knowing that DOC and MICC are taking this incident very seriously. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to address your issues and/or concerns.
With still no answers from DOC as to what really happened our family is beyond frustrated. At this point we are asking the Governor and Clemency board for a “FULL PARDON” for Leon. We don’t trust that if he has a recovery from this trauma that he will be safe to be in any DOC facility. We are asking that DOC be responsible for all Leon’s medical needs and care for the rest of his life as this happened to him in their care. We are also asking that they release full details as to what truly happened to Leon while at MICC on the morning of Sept. 18th 2008. Considering what Leon has been through at only 31 years young we don’t believe as his family this is too much to ask. Leon is an important part of our family and no matter while in DOC custody he was still valued to us and a needed part of our family. Do to the mishandling of a trauma situation DOC has left us with a missing part of our lives and we have to watch now our beloved Leon fight to get back to us yet again because of DOC. We are not naive to the facts that got Leon to DOC but we are not going to allow that to be the reason he was treated without regards to his value to us during the time DOC could have gotten him to proper medical care in a timely manner on Sept. 18th 2008.