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due to mature subject matter, viewer discretion is advised. >> in your cell. >> an inmate's erratic behavior triggers the emergency response team and mental health staff. >> i can't believe i did it, but i guess anybody can be a killer. >> a murderer faces the death penalty while his girlfriend awaits trial in the women's wing of the jail. >> when dennis told me that he needed my help, i was like, oh, no, no, no way. >> [bleep].
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>> before i knock all of your fronts out. >> a newly arrived female inmate. >> excuse me? >> a surprise raid causes problems for another inmate. >> when the s.o.r.t. team comes in, everybody is going down. ♪ >> on the banks of the ohio river, louisville, kentucky, has been ranked as one of the ten safest large cities in america. but downtown is a two-block reminder that not all is well. every year, about 45,000 men and women are booked into the
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louisville metro department of jail. most have only been charged with their crimes and are here awaiting trial or the resolution of their cases. those stays can range from months to years. and during that time, some will find themselves with new troubles. >> we have some intel from two various sources. there's been a whole lot of marijuana on the fourth floor, so we're trying to catch something and then link it back to certain inmates and try to link where it's coming in. we have some ideas, so what we've got now, i've activated the shift team of s.o.r.t. we're going to go in and get in their paths and try to search the inmates and search the dorm and hopefully get some of the dope out of there today. >> search them, go back in, search the dorm. all right. anybody causes us any problems, we cuff them up, we put them in one of the holding cells. we'll deal with them later.
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>> all right. >> any questions about what we're doing? >> go. >> down, down, down. >> move, move, move. >> absolutely no talking, gentlemen. put your hands on the wall. no talking, no talking. >> the dorm is evacuated and the inmates are frisked for contraband before they're moved to holding cells. and then the s.o.r.t. team conducts a thorough search of the dorm. 45 minutes later, the search doesn't turn up marijuana. but one officer has found something that doesn't belong. >> it looks like we've got some matches. and there's the -- matter of
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fact, there's a striker off the back of the match packet. so a couple matches wrapped up in plastic. this constitutes dangerous contraband because you can make fire out of them. he'll most likely get a write-up and be moved out of the dorm to a single cell. >> roll. >> let's go. back to your dorms. >> while most of the inmates return to the dorm, aaron byerly is rerouted by staff for some questions. the match heads were found on his bunk. >> i have extremely bad luck when the s.o.r.t. team comes in. aaron byerly is going down. >> he'll talk to the officer in the morning. you just tell him your side of the story again. and then we'll decide if you're going to a single cell or allowing you to stay in the dorm, okay? >> all right. >> byerly will soon have a disciplinary hearing to
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determine whether he will go to segregation where he will lose most of his privileges and be locked in a cell 23 hours a day. but it will not be his first time there. >> all of my writings are for smoking, fighting, promoting contraband. and flooding my cells. if you get put in the hole while you're here and you're in prison, you go to the hole and you're going to prison. >> and prison is where byerly is headed. he was sentenced for repeat convictions of drug trafficking. he could transfer any day now. >> i headed up here because i was working for my father, and the money was getting a little bit tight and i liked the better things in life. so i started trafficking in the field and things like that just to make some extra money on the side. i didn't do too well because look where i am at? >> byerly, however, has accepted his fate and looks forward to leaving jail for prison where he believes he'll find better conditions. >> this is the worst time that you could do.
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this is the hardest time. it don't get no worse than this. it is nonstop stress. it is nonstop problems, it's nonstop headaches. this is nonstop horribility. i don't even know if that's a word, but it's horrible here. >> some inmates could serve short sentences in the jail. or receive home incarceration, but if they break the rules at home, it's back to jail as mary logan has just discovered. >> you're just upset because they take me off of h.i.p. and i didn't do nothing wrong for somebody to take me off h.i.p. >> so why did they take you off? >> because i blew a .4. i have five kids and tried to do everything right in my life. >> what's your name? >> mary lohden. >> mary lohden, when you first got put on h.i.p., one of the rules and stipulations was no alcohol, right? zero tolerance. >> and i didn't read all over it. i just signed my initials to it. >> don't be upset.
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we'll work with you. it will work out. all right? okay? >> thank you. thank you. >> tell us if you need us. >> thank you. >> lohden was released to the home incarceration program on a theft program. >> incarceration is incarceration is incarceration. and people need to follow the rules. absolutely no alcohol. no drugs. >> seems like every time i'm trying to do the right thing to do better, it's -- a rock just falls right in front of me and i can't go no further. it's like i'm stuck right there. >> lohden is moved to a fresh arrest dorm. a special housing unit for women newly booked into the jail. she will remain until a judge decides whether to return her to home incarceration or make her
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serve the rest of her sentence in jail. but lohden seems determined to make an impression. >> that's my bunk. >> yeah, it's mine now. you snooze, you lose. there ain't no bunk assignments in [ bleep ] jail. get that [ bleep ] right. >> hey, come back out here. >> do they own bunks around here? >> come back outside. >> i'm good. >> come on, come on. >> excuse me? excuse me? excuse me. >> i said i'm sick, and i've got to be on the bottom bunk. >> okay, that's fine. but i didn't think the jail, nobody owns no bunks around here. >> we thought she was calm enough after talking to her to put her in first arrest dorm. obviously, that doesn't happen. a lot of times, they'll act out on purpose to get to a single cell because they don't want to be with other people. in this case, i think that's her deal. >> we'll try it again later.
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>> coming up. >> all of these bitches in this [ bleep ] have a [ bleep ] problem with me, i'll go to the,i.p. >> mary lohden decreases her chances of getting home. and -- >> believe me, our house smelled like a decomposing body with a bunch of fragrance because you can't cover up that smell. >> an inmate that hit close to home for one officer. >> first thing i wanted to do was take justice into my own hands. but i decided against that. lohden.
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>> the louisville metro department of corrections jail books an average of about 120 new inmates a day. the reactions to being in jail run an equally wide gamut.
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>> all of these bitches in this [bleep] got a problem with me, i'll go to the hole every r.i.p. and i don't give a [bleep]. >> mary lohden serving time for a theft conviction has just returned to the jail for violating home incarceration rules after she tested positive for alcohol. >> ain't nobody on drugs. this is sober. this is sobriety right here. >> officers removed her from a dorm due to disruptive behavior. >> excuse me? excuse me? >> but, now, even in the single person cell, she's gotten into a conflict with a neighbor. >> just do the damn thing [bleep]. let's do it then. [bleep] i'll knock all of your fronts out. i'll knock all your fronts out. >> sit down now. >> i will knock all of your fronts out, bitch. knock you down a size, whore.
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you don't feed nobody right here. all you do is treat people like dogs in here. treat them like dogs. >> are you done so i can explain? >> yes, ma'am, i'm done. >> okay. chow time -- >> for now i am. >> i'm not going to talk if you're going to keep talking over me. you can just sit in here and scream and yell all you want. i'm trying to explain it to you. we just came on shift. chow is on the floor. you will be fed in a -- >> i'm upset because that guy said i wasn't going to be in here long. i don't want to be in here. mr. shepherd, officer shepherd -- >> there you go, so, listen, i can't do what happened on the first shift or the other shifts. >> exactly. so all you can do is keep me in this [bleep] until monday, can't you? >> right. >> and that's what you're going to do, right? >> right. >> i have nothing else to say. >> are you going to stop yelling? >> yes. >> okay. >> yes. >> all right. and then that's all we need. >> so i stay in this room right here, don't get out, get nothing. >> you get an hour out a day. but i'm going to tell you right
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now, if you continue all of this yelling and screaming, you're not coming out. that's all going to be on you. if you want to come out, you need to behave. >> okay. >> all right. usually, if you can talk calm to them and just keep talking, and i'm very monotone when i talk to them, and i just keep repeating the same thing, this -- they eventually get through their chaotic behavior. >> lohden's future is uncertain. it will be up to a judge to decide if she can return to home incarceration or serve her 6 to 12-month sentence in jail. uncertainty marks the lives of most inmates here. but the stakes for dennis hall are considerably higher. he's already served 14 years for sexual assault. now, he's charged with murder. >> i killed an innocent man. i can't believe i did it, but i guess anybody can be a killer.
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>> how did this man die? >> strangulation. >> hall admits to murdering one of his roommates. a 53-year-old disabled man jamesed jeff bishop. he hopes to reach a plea bargain with prosecutors to avoid the death penalty, but it still looms over him. >> i'm thinking about them saying, mr. hall, we sentence you to death. i don't know. maybe i deserve to die, too. >> the murder occurred in this small house on the outskirts of the city. hall says he was high on drugs when he and bishop got into a fight. after strangling bishop, hall then tried to cover up the crime. >> the next day is when i took him to the basement. he was wrapped up in plastic. you couldn't see his regular body. all you could see was plastic. >> hall had help in concealing the body. it came from a third roommate, his girlfriend, heather baringer.
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>> when dennis told me that he needed my help, i was like, oh, no, no, no way, uh-huh. i don't think so. i was totally against it. and then he was begging me, basically. he said i can't do this by myself. i'm going to go to prison for a long time. i need you to help. he was begging me. >> i was in shock. i have never in my life been in a situation like this. i never went back in the basement again. dennis did the rest. all i did was move him. >> for two weeks, bishop's body lay decomposing in the basement. >> and we got air fresheners and put it all through the house. believe me, our house smelled like decomposing body with a bunch of fragrance because you can't cover that smell. >> baringer later told a friend about the murder, and he tipped off police.
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she admits to her role in the crime and is also attempting to reach a plea deal with complicity to commit a murder, tampering with evidence and possession of forged documents. baringer and hall admit to stealing disability and social security checks to fund drug addictions. >> that one act, it took five minutes, took my whole life. >> but they are not the only ones at louisville metro whose lives have been profoundly altered by the murder of bishop. >> man on the walk. >> first thing i wanted to do was take justice into my own hands, but i've decided against that. >> bishop's brother is one of the jail's correctional officers. >> there were times where my brother and i were all that we had. so we were pretty close. i don't remember a time without my brother. >> officer bishop is assigned to sections of the jail where he
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does not come into contact with either hall or baringer. >> it's a good thing because to be honest with you, if he were to be walking out in the hallway, you never know what would happen. i couldn't say for sure what would happen. >> coming up -- >> i didn't want anybody to say that they're sorry, because i know the only reason that they're sorry is they were sorry for getting caught. >> officer bishop faces his brother's killer in court. but first -- >> why are you here? >> to keep it from getting infected. >> i'll keep on cutting. >> an inmate's self-abusive behavior taxes jail staff. . >> when officers at the
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louisville metro department of corrections jail recently discovered a contraband search, they discovered match heads on aaron byerly's bunk. >> aaron? >> today, byerly goes to a discipline hearing.
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>> i'm not going to be a person that puts my business out there. if they say they found something and they found it, i'm not just going to say it's mine and cop out like that. that's just not my style. >> go to the table over there and have a seat in that red chair. >> byerly is due to transfer to prison any day now. if he is sent to segregation before then, that sanction could carry over to prison, as well. >> do you want to tell me your side of the story? >> yeah. when the s.o.r.t. team had came in, i was at the very front of the door. i was watching tv. there was a group of people by my rack. i don't know who put it there, i can't give you no individual name or anything like that. all i can say is it wasn't mine. >> here is what i've got. this isn't your first time getting caught with contraband. and it's hard for me to believe that that wasn't yours, especially it was wrapped up and underneath a cup in the corner of your bunk? i mean you actually think somebody had time to pick it up and throw it there and lay it back down. >> i can tell you the same
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thing, you're not going to believe me, you know. you're going to do what you're going to do. >> november you got caught of narcotics. >> just because of previous offenses, i'm automatically guilty? >> you know what, i'm going to give you the benefit of the doubt. so what i'm going to do, i'm going to take two weeks of your gym and you're going to serve that. >> so i can't go to gym or nothing like that? >> you can't go to the gym for two weeks. all right? >> all right. >> i'm thinking it went pretty well, but the gym, yeah, i'm kind of mad about that. but i guess i can't go for two weeks. two weeks. he could have done it for a lot longer than that. so he was fair. >> confiscating contraband from inmates has always been a challenge for the jail. now, there's a more dire problem. one which seems to grow every day. >> you know, probably a full 25%
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to 30% of our inmate population has some type of mental illness. we do a pretty good job of stabilizing our mentally ill folks that come through our doors once we get them through here. we get them back on their medications, for example. we take care of their health care needs. they go back to the street and either they don't have access to their medications or they quit taking it. they decompensate and a very short time later they're back in custody, and we go through that cycle all over again. >> we went through this how many times now? >> 19-year-old antonio coleman is not classified as a mention tally ill inmate, but many of his actions require staff culmination. in the four months he's been here, he's had more than 40 incidents of self-abusive behavior. now, he has cut himself again.
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>> we went through this a couple ties. you get pressed out, what happens? >> he's beat his head before, he's cut himself before. it's usually just self-harm. it's never really against somebody else. it's just against himself. me and him have a real good rapport. just by talking to him, i can actually de-escalate the situation. >> so what's going on now? >> i'm ready to go. i'm one down so that's why i'm pressed out. >> you take your time already? what did you take? >> five years. >> coleman was recently sentenced to five years in prison on charges of robbery and assault. >> prison is not as bad as jail. trust me on that one. i'm not saying it's going to be married life, but, you know, it's a lot better than jail. >> where are you cut at? here. why are you doing that?
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>> just to keep it from getting infected. >> i'm just going to keep cutting it. >> why are you going to keep on cutting? >> because i am. >> what's going to make you stop? >> if you had time to keep on coming up here. until i die. i'm basically going to go the hard way. i cross my neck. i ain't bleeding. >> the last thing i want you to do is for you to hurt yourself any more than you already have. >> because coleman threatened his own life, he's transferred to an observation cell and placed on suicide watch. meanwhile, officer ernest searches coleman's cell to find what he used to cut himself. >> that looks like he ripped his armband and it's laminated and it's got the sharp corner on it. looks like that's what he's been using to potentially hurt himself. >> coleman will exchange his jail uniform for a suicide smock. it will be the only thing covering his body until he is
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taken off suicide watch. >> it's green, it's really thick, it's not that warm. it's got velcro sleeves on it, and these are the ones that you cannot cut yourself with them. this is just something to cover up with, more or less to make sure that they don't hurt themselves anymore. t-shirt off and everything. >> coleman will be monitored throughout the rest of the evening and be looked at by mental health staff in the morning. >> it does take a lot of manpower and a lot of time out of our day. it's not just one officer having to do with this, it's multiple officers and having to do paperwork. tomorrow morning, the medical doctor will be up here, the psych doctor will be out there to talk to him. >> coming up, antonio coleman prompts an emergency response. and --
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>> heather, little snookems, she's a hard one to describe. >> facing heinous charges, two co-defendants profess their love for each other. >> when i first met him, he just looked kind of crazy but sexy.
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>> metro corrections. the time is approximately 17:45 hours. i've activated for antonio coleman. he's on five north. >> antonio coleman had recently been put on suicide watch at the louisville metro department of corrections jail. now, the special operations response team, or s.o.r.t., has been sent to remove him from his cell due to a disturbance. >> 10-4, come on. coleman has flooded his cell. his excessive beating on the door was placing him in danger. hitting his head on the wall, he threatened the officer on the walk saying he was going to hit his ass.
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>> face the rear of your cell and go down to your knees. down to your knees. cross your ankles, place your hands on top of your head. we'll go on three, one, two, three. right there. >> coleman is placed into an emergency restraint chair. he will be bound at the legs, wrists and waist. >> we can clean the water up and things like that. we can put up with somebody kicking on the door here and there. but when they're self-abusive or damaging the property, those are
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red flags for us where we really have to address them and can't allow them to continue to be self-abusive. he was placed in the chair for that reason. >> after his wound is treated by medical personnel, coleman is fitted with head gear to prevent further injury. >> and he'll be in that for a minimum of two hours. they'll assess him after two hours and give him then opportunity to go back in the cell and hopefully, he's had time to calm down from that. what we're going to do is go over there and talk to him. he's been in the chair now for about half an hour, 45 minutes. >> what's up, antonio? why was you hitting your head on the wall in there in your cell? why don't you tell me about that? >> um, yeah, my daughter, she's got fluid and all. so i just started crying. >> so that is why you got upset and was hitting your head on the wall and flooded and everything? >> yep. >> you've got about another 45
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minutes or so. >> i'm done. my head hurt. >> well, no wonder your head hurts, you was beating it on the wall. that didn't solve nothing, did it? >> nope. >> you beating your head on the wall is part of what got you in here. you know, you could be in your cell, you could be upset but you wouldn't be restrained like this. so, i mean, it's up to you to get all of this passed. your attitude and your behavior, everything is going to dictate what we do, all right? all right. >> this last one, can i have some water? my mouth is drier than a [bleep]. >> i'll get you some water in a couple of minutes. >> appreciate that. thank you. >> you ain't met nobody until you met me, bitch. >> when mary lohden was first transferred, she was a challenge for officers, as well. >> bitch, let's do the damn thing then. >> but, today, now housed in a women's dorm -- >> hi, how y'all doing? >> lohden says she has a new
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perspective. >> i'm just lovely today. this is a transformation. >> how did that happen? >> oh, well, i took some time and some time and some thoughts and processed. i figured that wasn't the place i was supposed to be. i've got the gift of gab. i'd rather be in an environment where i'm involved with the population instead of isolated. as long as we get everything clean, we'll get through. our tv is not on yet until we mop. mop, all that good stuff, scrub down our showers, get our sinks -- see how those things are pearly? see how them sinks are shining? man, they were glistening over there. life in the dorm is -- it's not that bad. if you pretty much get along with everybody, it goes very well. everything is swell. >> today was commissary day and we've got all the good treats in the world. we've got the sticky balls, we've got the fritos. we got everything of magic today. we are loving it.
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this is -- okay, if i get another elbow to the head, i'm going to start throwing bowls, okay. >> over the last year and a half, lohden has been in and out of louisville metro 11 times. all of her offenses were routed in an addiction to pain pills! that was my downfall. i let it control my life. and to me it ain't that lost everything. it's that i gave it up. you know, gave it all up. first i gave my home up and then i gave my car up and then eventually i gave my kids up because the drugs took over my life. i want to get a good job, stay clean and sober, definitely. get my kids, get home and live happily ever after after that, you know? >> a happily ever after ending is not likely for hall. these days, he does little more than ponder the sentence and his co-defendant. and think about his girlfriend, heather barington. >> reunite us with our children and our family, lord, in the
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name of jesus. hallelujah. whew, praise god. give me a hug. >> and even though the couple is only living about 500 feet away from each other, their lives couldn't be further apart. >> i cry now and then. you know, i get heather on my mind or i'll get one of her letters out and read it. i gaze out of the window and look up at the moon. i play the waiting game and pray you'll be here soon. heather, little snookums, she's a hard one to describe. i've never had so much love pointing to me. >> dennis actually drew this once for me. like a motorcycle wing. he calls me snookums. that's what i used to call him. when i first met him, he had just got off work. he had on these little cutoff shorts only to your knees and a wife beater and he was filthy
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and a long goatee, but he looked kind of crazy but sexy. >> but theirs is not a normal love story. hall admits to murdering their roommate, jeff bishop, whose brother, chad bishop, is a correctional officer here at louisville metro. >> off the table, thank you. >> baringer admits helping hall move the body and covering up the crime. both of them also cashed bishop's disability and social security checks to fund their drug habilitates. >> heather don't belong here. she only knew about it. i told her to testify against me and told her to turn over state's evidence. i said go ahead and testify if you have to. that's what she might be doing. >> and if she testifies against you? >> i still love her.
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there's nothing that can take my love from her. that's one thing i do have going for me. nobody can take that love. >> coming up. >> ready to go forward on the final sentencing? >> dennis hall faces both the judge and the brother of his victim. and -- >> does the court scare you sometimes? >> sometimes. >> mental health staff tried to break through to antonio coleman.
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doing all right? >> the louisville metro department of corrections jail
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grapples with a problem that plagues jails nationwide. an ever-increasing population of mentally ill inmates who require significantly more medical attention more than other inmates. >> it's actually becoming a national epidemic. we deal with a population that oftentimes are not compliant with treatment. and typically in this situation, not compliant with treatment can result in criminal behavior. you have some that can become assaultive and aggressive. it's directly related to the symptoms of mental illness. >> while not classified as mentally ill, antonio coleman recently was placed in a restraint chair after hitting his head against the wall and threatening suicide. >> are you thinking about hurting yourself now? >> no, sir. >> okay. do you want to hurt anybody else? >> no, sir. >> don't want to hurt yourself? >> jail psychiatrist, dr. david
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easley, thinks coleman's recent sentencing to five years in state prison for robbery and assault is a contributing factor to this latest incident. >> okay. does the court scare you sometimes? >> sometime. >> is that why you got so upset was after court last week? >> yeah. >> and what was upsetting you? what were you worried about? >> because i ain't never been down here, and i didn't know what it's like and what it's going to be. >> so next time you go to court, you won't be so scared because you know? is that what you mean? >> yeah, because i already know what's going on, so i'll be straight. >> and i believe you will. when you're in new territory, it can be scary. >> yeah. >> but once you've been there before, you're not so scared. >> right. >> does that make sense? >> yeah. >> i can feel that way, too. >> yeah. >> so you want to get your clothes back? >> yes. >> do you want to get a jump suit and go back to level ii? >> yes, sir. >> all right, that's what we'll do. all right. do you need anything else? >> no, i don't need anything. >> all right. okay. thanks a lot.
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see you later. >> staff are hopeful that coleman has calmed down. and might remain so until his upcoming transfer to state prison. but mary lohden has had a setback. >> now i'm back in here. man -- where i first started. >> first started. >> hi, ms. kelly. ms. kelly? >> she has been sent to segregation for 15 days after an officer found her with cash and a lighter. >> when he told me that i was going to get 15 days in here, i mean, i -- i was ready to just clock out, which means i was ready to uppercut him. you know? i felt like uppercutting the man, you know what i'm saying? and i'm glad i didn't. i had my little outburst or anything, but, yeah, i felt very, very angry. >> lohden's solitary segregation cell is significantly different from the dorm she left behind. >> you're stuck in this little room with nobody in here. just your day drags. it drags and drags. you know.
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it seems like you're in here even longer. one day is like two or three days. you don't get to use no phones or nothing. you barely see the tv. i am in a good spot where i can see the tv a little bit. and this right here is only hope because we're about to eat. once we get done eating, the slot goes back up. it's no fun at all. >> i take things for granted in my life. i took a lot of things for granted in my life. the important things is the things, you know, i always slip up on. so i'm going to try to work on that. so i don't keep on coming back here. >> aaron byerly also has a history of coming back to jail on various drug-related charges. this time he received a five-year sentence and can be out any day. he's doing his best to stay in shape since his gym privileges were suspended after he was caught with contraband. >> i'm doing a limited amount of exercise. you can't do no cardio in here unless you want to be looking retarded.
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>> working out is one of the only ways byerly deals with the monotony of jail. >> my dreams take me to completely different places. i'm always on the streets when i'm dreaming. i'm never locked up. it takes me out of this environment for a good six, seven, eight hours. >> while his offer him a reprieve, dennis hall has just made a deal for a far-more significant break. >> mr. hall, raise your right hand for me? do you solemnly swear or affirm that the testimony you're about to give will be the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth? >> i do. >> thank you, sir. >> he's been in louisville metro for two years, facing a potential death sentence but has just reached a plea agreement to spare his life. >> at this point in time, mr. hall would like to withdraw his plea of not guilty. >> instead, he will serve 40 years in prison.
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it's basically a lifetime. >> place your hands on the wall. >> his co-defendant, etta barringer, has reached an agreement. >> i was sentenced for tampering with physical evidence and possession of a forged document. that's all. just those two things. >> it's 10 years at 20%, which is two years. >> because barringer has also been at the jail for almost two years, she could serve as little as an additional three months in prison. >> i will be on parole or probation for the next ten years. as long as i don't do anything wrong or break any laws or anything like that, my life will go back to being normal. >> her new normal will be one without hall. >> i miss him. i wish all this wouldn't have happened.
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i never planned for this to be a part of my life. i still have feelings for him but i'm going to try for the rest of my life to worry about me. >> we can remember the good times, because we can't be together no more. just remember each other. i never had no one love me like leather. she has a soft heart and i love her. i always will. coming up, dennis hall goes back to court again. but this time, to hear from the brother of his victim. >> i had a lot of sleepless nights, wrestling with the decision of whether or not to allow the state to take its course or for me to do the job myself.
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>> narrator: unlike prison where sentenced inmates arrive from jails all over the state, jail inmates come from a much smaller region. they often know each other or staff from the streets. dennis hall has an especially uneasy acquaintance with officer chad bishop. hall murdered his brother. and, today, must appear in court for his formal sentencing. >> you are on the record in the case of dennis m. hall. ready to go forward on the final sentencing? >> judge, we are. >> we had passed this case briefly to allow the victim's family the opportunity to be present for final sentencing. folks, i'm happy to hear from whoever would like to be heard. i will tell you that the only rule is that you have to address me personally. it's your chance to talk about mr. hall but that you're going to address me and not speak to him directly. it's hard, but that's the way it's got to be. okay? anybody have anything they want
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to tell me before i impose sentence? >> narrator: chad bishop has been preparing for this day and has a statement ready for the judge. >> he doesn't realize this, but by his sentencing today, you're actually setting me free. i've had a lot of sleepless nights. wrestling with the decision on whether or not to allow the state to take its course or for me to do the job myself, to be honest. but i have more than myself to think about. so i'll allow justice and the state to run its course and do my job for me. and it won't be quick. and it won't be painless. it's going to be over a very long period of time where every day, he gets to die just a little bit more.
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and i have worked the prison system and i work in metro corrections. and no matter what anyone says, those that are incarcerated for a long period of time, they do die a little bit every day. they don't get to do the same things that we in the free world do. it's not going to bring my brother back. it's not going to repair the damage that was done. i don't want anybody to say that they're sorry. i know the only reason that they're sorry for, they were sorry for getting caught. it's a military thing. i bought some victory cigars not long ago. i'll be smoking one this evening. and i have a very special one that cost me $22 that i'm saving for the day when i get the phone call from one of the institutions and they tell me that he's finally dead.
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well, our family is going to be getting together that very evening, and i'm not kidding. and we're going to be throwing a dennis-hall-is-dead-and-he's-in- hell party. i'd like to thank you for your time. >> thank you. appreciate it. >> i was actually hoping to look dennis hall right in the eyes. and i wanted him to know that i meant every word that i said. let there be no mistake. when men talk, usually we look each other in the eyes. so i wanted to look him in the eyes and let him know how i actually felt. and when the judge told me that i had to address the court, that took a little bit of the satisfaction out of being able to express myself. but i took my best shot because that's the last time he and i are going to see each other or
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be in the same room together again. >> mr. hall, i don't know what happens once you go behind that door, i think you do. you've been to the penitentiary. i agree that it's a wholly unpleasant place to be. my hope for you, and it is for everybody in your situation, is that you take advantage of whatever opportunities are there for you. and that, at some point, you develop a sense of empathy for what you've done to these people. not just to mr. bishop, but to his family. and the curse of that is that you will feel the horror of that. but the blessing of that is that that will allow you to change. good luck with what happens next. thank you all.
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