New York State
Department of Correctional Services
Glenn S. Goord, Commissioner
Office of Public Information
For immediate release:
Wednesday, September 27, 2000
Green Haven Deputy Superintendent, C.O. stabbed in attack by inmate
The Deputy Superintendent for Security and a Correction Officer at Green Haven Correctional Facility were treated for multiple stab wounds after a 2 p.m. attack by a convicted murderer in an outdoor exercise yard at the maximum-security prison in Stormville in Dutchess County.
Deputy Superintendent George S. Schneider, 52, and Correction Officer Gary L. Mitchetti, 28, were both taken by ambulance to St. Francis Hospital in Poughkeepsie. Schneider is being treated for puncture wounds to the back, shoulder and above the right eye, as well as for a broken nose. Mitchetti was released after being treated for puncture wounds to the back of the head and base of the skull.
Their alleged attacker is inmate Tyrone Walker, 31, committed out of Kings County. Received into the prison system on July 26, 1994, he is serving a sentence of 32 1/2 years to life for murder, robbery and criminal possession of a weapon. He won't be eligible for parole until August of 2025. Walker, who was not injured, has been moved to the disciplinary housing unit at Great Meadow Correctional Facility pending investigations by the Department's Inspector General, the New York Division of State Police and the Dutchess County District Attorney's Office.
Schneider was making his normal rounds through the prison this afternoon when he inspected the yard serving E and F blocks. Walker called out to Schneider and the Deputy Superintendent turned to face the inmate. Walker, displaying homemade knives in each hand, lunged and attacked Schneider. C.O. Glen M. Williams, accompanying Schneider, struck Walker repeatedly with his baton to stop the attack on Schneider. Walker then circled behind Schneider and began attacking him from behind. As Williams was again using his baton to protect Schneider, Walker stabbed CO Mitchetti. Simultaneous with the assault, an Officer in a wall tower fired one warning round from an AR-15 into a hillside just outside the wall.
"It is my intention to pursue the stiffest charges and the longest sentence possible against Walker," Commissioner Goord said. "I will not tolerate any assault on our employees, anymore than I would tolerate any staff mistreatment of an inmate. I will encourage Walker's vigorous prosecution."
None of the other 360 inmates in the yard participated in the attack. The yard was closed immediately following the assault and all inmates were returned to their cells. All inmates will be fed their dinner meal in their cells, where they will remain tonight while the investigation continues. Green Haven was last locked down on Christmas Eve of 1999 because of incidents related to threats of disruptions on January 1, 2000.
Preliminary investigation has found that Walker gave another inmate the two weapons he allegedly used in the attack: two homemade knives, one round and the other flat, each 6 to 8 inches in length. The second inmate surrendered them to staff in the yard. The origin of the weapons is under investigation. The reason for the attack is also under investigation.
Deputy Superintendent Schneider has been the chief of security at the prison since July 1996. Schneider, who joined the Department in 1973, has spent most of his career at Green Haven, working his way up through the ranks as a C.O., Sergeant, Lieutenant and then Captain. He is paid $83,737 annually. C.O. Mitchetti started his career in 1997 at Sing Sing and transferred to Green Haven in August 1997. He is paid $33,000 annually. C.O. Williams, 37, has been continuously employed at Green Haven since he became an Officer in 1986. He is paid $39,680 annually.
Walker's most recent prison disciplinary infraction occurred in February of this year when he was counseled for refusing a direct order, a movement violation and being out of place. His most serious infraction occurred in September 1996 when he spent 40 days in disciplinary housing for possession of a weapon. He has a total of 13 infractions, the others covering such actions as refusals to obey direct orders, harassment, creating a disturbance, making threats, possession of contraband and smuggling weapons.
His criminal conviction history began in 1992 with his Sullivan County arrest for criminal sale of a controlled substance. While incarcerated at the county jail awaiting disposition of that charge, he stabbed another inmate 18 times. His one-year sentence for the drug conviction also covered charges related to the assault.
On February 23, 1993, Bonnie Bear was shot in the head while she loaded packages into her car in the TriBeCa section of Manhattan. That same day, a robbery with a weapon occurred elsewhere in Manhattan. Later that same day, based upon witness identification in the Bear shooting, Walker was arrested for both crimes. Ms. Bear died of her injuries eight days later.
In July of 1994, Walker was sentenced to a term of 7 1/2 -15 years on the armed robbery charges and was sent to state prison that same month.
In October of 1994, federal officials obtained custody of Walker to face outstanding charges. They had linked the handgun used in the Bear murder to one used in the February 1993 murder of Michael Monsour in Cragsmoor. Convicted of capital murder, the federal jury deadlocked 11-1 in favor of imposing the death penalty. Because of the lack of unanimity among jurors, the judge imposed a sentence of life without parole.
He was returned to state prison custody in August of 1996. He was later taken into custody by New York County officials for prosecution in the Bear murder. Following a trial, he was sentenced on April 29, 1997, to 25 years to life for murder, robbery and criminal possession of a weapon.
That sentence, combined with the July 1994 sentence of 7 1/2-15 years, results in his current sentence of 32 1/2 years to life.
Green Haven, opened in 1949, has a capacity of 2,170 inmates. It housed 2,116 today. The prison is located 95 miles south of Albany.