Convicted Child Molester Strangled to Death by Cell Mate; Family Sues State

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The daughter of Jonathan Guy Alexander is suing the state of California, blaming a Tracy prison for the murder of her father -- who had been convicted of sexually molesting her as a child.

Amber Dawn Alexander claims correctional officers neglected to provide her dad with medical care, and that prison conditions and overcrowding contributed to his murder.

Last June, Alexander was strangled to death by his cellmate, John Joseph Lydon who was already serving extra time for killing his former cellmate.

Both Alexander and Lydon were locked in the sensitive needs unit of the Deuel Vocational Institution in Tracy; however Alexander had been housed alone up until the day of his murder.

On June 3, 2010, the prison alarm sounded, requesting medical assistance. A correctional officer found Alexander in his cell on the bottom bunk with his hands bound behind his back with a torn sheet. Blood was dripping from his nose and mouth.
 
Lydon said "I'll just admit I killed him," according to the lawsuit. He was later convicted of murdering Alexander.

Now, Alexander's family wants the state to pay up for their loss. His daughter claims, in the suit filed on Tuesday, that medical care was not provided to her father in a timely manner, as required by state law. There were no attempts to check for a pulse or try CPR on Alexander.

She also claims that the two inmates should have been housed alone, considering Lydon had already been convicted of killing his previous cellmate, who was also a convicted child molester.

The two inmates were likely housed together because the prison was at three times its capacity; overcrowding leads to violence among inmates and homicides, the claim states.

"The conditions resulting from overcrowding at DVI, contributed to, at least in part, the death of their father," according to the lawsuit.

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Betty Bell
Betty Bell

Oh and so ever one knows Amber is in a Mental Unit for life because she is crazy!!!! She told the family after she learned of his death that she had lied and Jon NEVER raped her!!!! She even tried to kill her own family which is why she is in the mental unit for life!!!! So she doesnt need anything from her father's death!!! I hope she has learned not to lie!!! Now the family has to get past all this!!!!! 

Betty Bell
Betty Bell

this is so sad. Amber sholdnt be able to get anything from her father's death. She is the one who put him in there in the first place and then turned around and said he didnt do it after he was done dead. SHAME on you Amber!!!!! Yeah i am a family member and i am upset by her sueing her brother is the one who should be!!!!

be gentle
be gentle

how can you know??...my cousin was murdered...whatever his crimes, it was not up to one crazy person to decide his fate. he also was a victim of his youth. who knows, (not even those closest to them) what horror he endured during his childhood. right or wrong...his children deserve to be heard...

Robert Himelblau
Robert Himelblau

Correction. Mr Lydon has not been convicted in the June 3, 2010 death of Jonathan Alexander. He has only been charged with the murder with an allegation of a prior murder and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 9th, 2011.

He was, however, convicted on murdering another prisoner on June 15th, 2006.

Aprisonguard
Aprisonguard

To bad the paper doesn't say how lydon shoved the body under the bottom bunk and it wasn't discovered till about 20-30 min after lydon left for chow. From accounts of people on the scene that I know. There was no way this guy could be saved. But I do agree with patron 1!!!

Patron-1
Patron-1

What a crock. Like she really gave a damn about her so called father who molested her. She was probably happy about his murder, but then thought, oh wait I better grieve so I can get paid. Pathetic!

Betty Bell
Betty Bell

she said after she learned of his death that she had lied about him raping her so he died for no reason and was in jail for no reason at all!!!! He wasnt even in prison this time for rape his son downloaded PORN on his computer and they came to check his computer and found it and was sent back to prison!!!! 

Juanhotman
Juanhotman

she is crazy.he was put in prison for molesting her but now,she feels for her so called father. thats a bunch of bull, all she wants is money. period.

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