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APNewsBreak: Troubled prison time for Colo suspect

March 28, 2013 • National News


This undated image provided by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation shows Stevie Marie Vigil, 22, of Commerce City who was arrested Wednesday March 27, 2013 accused of illegally transferring the gun authorities say was used to kill Colorado’s prisons chief. Investigators believe Vigil, legally bought the firearm from a licensed dealer in the Denver suburb of Englewood and transferred it to Evan Ebel, who was a felon who couldn’t legally possess a firearm, the CBI said. (AP Photo/Colorado Bureau of Investigation)

DENVER (AP) — Behind bars, he was known as “Ebel Evil.”

Within a day of arriving at his first permanent prison, Evan Spencer Ebel, the suspect in last week’s slaying of Colorado’s prisons chief, got into a fight. Six months later, he told a female guard “that he would kill her if he ever saw her on the streets, and that he would make her beg for her life,” according to prison records released Thursday.

That was one of 28 different violations he racked up during his time behind bars, most of which was spent in solitary confinement. When Ebel was released Jan. 28 after serving his sentence — with a swastika tattooed on his stomach and the word “Hate” on one of his hands — prisons officials warned he had a high chance of reoffending.

Two months later, Ebel died in a shootout with Texas authorities. The gun he used was the same one that killed prison chief Tom Clements on March 19. Login to read more

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