Department of Corrections and Community Supervision

New York State
Department of Correctional Services
Eliot Spitzer, Governor
Brian Fischer, Commissioner

Contact: Erik Kriss
Office of Public Information
(518) 457-8182

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Thursday, February 21, 2008

Inmate Larry Davis Dies at Shawangunk Correction Facility in Apparent Homicide

Larry Davis, an inmate at Shawangunk Correctional Facility, died at the facility on Feb. 20, 2008 as the result of an apparent homicide after a fight with another inmate.

The fight occurred at the New York State maximum security prison in Ulster County after 22 of the 85 inmates housed in B block went to B Yard for evening recreation, with three correction officers assigned for supervision. The inmates were scheduled to remain in the yard until 10 p.m.

At approximately 7 p.m., two correction officers observed inmate Luis Rosado (83B2677) assaulting inmate Davis (88T2550) with a weapon. An emergency response was called and the inmates were separated. A 9 ½-inch by 1 ¼-inch flat metal shank was recovered from the scene. None of the other inmates assigned to the yard participated.

Facility staff was assisting inmate Davis into the facility when he collapsed from his injuries. Facility staff then began medical procedures on inmate Davis while awaiting the arrival of an ambulance. Mobil Life Ambulance arrived at the facility at 7:46 p.m., continued treating inmate Davis and contacted a physician at St. Luke’s Hospital. Inmate Davis was pronounced dead at the facility at 7:58 p.m. He received multiple stab wounds to his head, chest, arms, back and legs.

After the incident, inmate Rosado was seen by facility medical staff and found to have no injuries. He was then interviewed by New York State Police, after which he was placed in Shawangunk’s 24-bed Special Housing Unit, which is used to segregate inmates for disciplinary purposes. Inmate Rosado was arraigned at 10:30 a.m. today in Shawangunk Town Court and returned to Shawangunk Correctional Facility. In addition to the criminal charges, inmate Rosado faces internal departmental disciplinary charges for assault, fighting, refusing a direct order and possession of a weapon in connection with the incident. If found guilty of the internal charges, he will be placed in 23-hour confinement and lose his privileges, which could include packages, commissary access and use of phones.

Shawangunk remains in lockdown today. Inmates in B block, where inmates Rosado and Davis were housed, are eating in their cells while the other blocks are allowed to eat in their regularly assigned dining areas. Staff are conducting frisks of individual cells in B block. Programs throughout the facility are cancelled.

Inmate Davis was 41 years old and serving a 30 years to life sentence out of Bronx County for multiple counts of murder and weapons and one count of attempted robbery. He would have been eligible for parole consideration in 2016. He transferred to Shawangunk in July 2004. He had an extensive disciplinary history during his incarceration.

Inmate Rosado is 42 years old and serving 25 years to life out of New York County for multiple counts of murder, assault and attempted assault. He was denied parole in 2007 and, based on his original charges, is next eligible for parole consideration in 2009. He transferred to Shawangunk in November 2007. He has an extensive violent disciplinary history during his incarceration.

The Department of Correctional Services and the State Commission of Correction are assisting New York State Police out of Highland (845 691-7855) in the criminal investigation of the incident, which is ongoing.

Shawangunk is one of 16 male maximum security facilities in New York State. As of today, it houses 519 inmates. The last facility-wide lockdown there was in 1998. The last homicide in a State prison occurred in a disciplinary segregation cell block at Gouverneur Correctional Facility, in St. Lawrence County, on April 7, 2005.

A 2003 mug shot of inmate Davis is attached. Inmate Rosado’s mug shot will not be available today.