Corrected after the jump with three, not four, inmates from Southern California cleared to be executed.
It's almost funny that they call it “corrections.” Six people on the Golden State's Death Row are expected to get their breathing permanently corrected this month, with Albert Greenwood Brown, Jr. set to be the first executed in nearly five years.
Of the six who officials tell the Weekly are cleared to die — now that the state has finished its gleaming new $853,000 gas chamber —
four three are from Los Angeles or the Inland Empire. We take a look, starting with Greenwood:
–Albert Greenwood Brown, Jr. was convicted killing and raping a 15-year-old girl in Riverside. Authorities said he posed as a jogger and nabbed her as she headed to Arlington High School. He was convicted of previously raping a 14-year-old in her home as she prepared for school. He's scheduled to be executed Wednesday. The reemergence of the death penalty in California has become an issue in the governor's race, and state Attorney General Jerry Brown says he's all for it.
–Kevin Cooper escaped from prison after being convicted of burglary and murdered Douglas and Peggy Ryen, their 10-year-old daughter, Jessica, and 11-year-old friend Christopher Hughes in the Ryens' Chino Hills home.
Mark Reilly was convicted in the 1983 murder-for-hire of Nancy Morgan and her son Mitchell in Van Nuys.
[Corrected]. Based on a phone conversation, we mistook Reilly for David Raley of Santa Clara County.
–Mitchell Sims, already accused of a double murder at a Domino's pizza outlet in South Carolina, was said to have had a pie delivered to his Glendale motel room in 1985 only to gag and drown deliveryman John Harrington. He put on the victim's uniform and went to the nearby Domino's to rob it, locking two employees in a walk-in freezer and leaving them hanging to die (they survived).