Department of Corrections and Community Supervision

New York State
Department of Correctional Services
Glenn S. Goord, Commissioner

Office of Public Information
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For immediate release:

Tuesday, March 17, 1998

Two inmates charged with murder 2nd , robbery 1st in death of a third

Two inmates at the Wyoming Correctional Facility were arraigned tonight on murder charges in the death of a third inmate at this medium-security prison located adjacent to the Attica prison in Wyoming County.

It is alleged that inmates Myron Lumpkin and Donnell Gosier attacked inmate Robert Kleinhans on March 13, causing his death two days later. When a prison incident leads to criminal charges, it is the policy of the Department to refer all media questions to the Division of State Police, which investigated the crime, and to the county district attorney's office, which will prosecute. They determine which details of the incident, if any, can be released without jeopardizing the prosecution.

Lumpkin and Gosier were arraigned at 6:30 tonight before Attica Town Justice Joseph Wolak on charges of 2nd degree murder and 1st degree robbery. They were then returned to Wyoming's disciplinary housing unit.

Particulars on the three inmates involved are:

  • Kleinhans, dob 02/24/29, was serving a sentence of 2_-7 years out of Niagara County for second-degree rape. He entered the prison system on Nov. 14, 1994, and had been housed at Wyoming since August 14, 1997. Prior to that, he had been housed at the Gouverneur, Watertown, Wende and Elmira prisons. The Board of Parole ordered him held for two years at his February 1997 parole eligibility hearing, and he would have appeared before it again in December of this year. His maximum sentence was to expire in October 2001.
  • Lumpkin, dob 01/25/78, is serving a sentence of 5-15 years out of Monroe County for first-degree robbery. He entered the prison system on Oct. 10, 1995, and has been housed at Wyoming since April 7, 1997. Prior to that, he had been housed at the Greene and Downstate prisons. He is currently eligible for parole in April 2000, his conditional release date is in 2005 and his maximum sentence expires in 2010.
  • Gosier, dob 05/18/78, is serving a sentence of 5-15 years out of Oneida County for second-degree robbery. He entered the prison system on May 18, 1997, and has been housed at Wyoming since he was transferred there from the reception center at the Elmira prison on Feb. 28, 1997. He is currently eligible for parole in September 2001, his conditional release date is in 2006 and his maximum sentence expires in 2011.

This was the first homicide in 1998 in the State prison system, which is today operating at 131 percent of capacity with 69,526 inmates. There was one homicide in the prison system last year, at the Sing Sing Correctional Facility in Westchester County. Wyoming today houses 1,794 inmates, 12 below its capacity. The last homicide at Wyoming, an inmate-on-inmate stabbing, occurred in 1993.