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Wednesday, May 07 2014 12:34 PM

'First Look': Columnist Henry reflects on inmate's life, death

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    "First Look with Scott Cox" host Scott Cox talks with Californian columnist Lois Henry on the simulcast.

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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

David Jacobson was an inmate who died in October 2009 after he was attacked by three inmates at Wasco State Prison.

Although he was a thief, the way he died was unfortunate.

"On his first day in Wasco, three people killed him," Californian columnist Lois Henry said Wednesday on "First Look with Scott Cox." Jacobson's death was the topic of her Wednesday column.

The three inmates stomped him to death, she added.

Henry first met Jacobson in 2008 after he contacted her about feral cats at Lerdo jail and how while in jail, he thought about the benefits of trap/neuter/release.

Jacobson had a little drug habit and he stole to pay for drugs, Henry said.

Regardless, Henry said of his concern for cats, "He impressed me with his concern for someone else rather than himself."

When Jacobson was released from jail and was getting his life back on track, he would visit Henry to catch up and just say hello.

But he couldn't maintain his sobriety, Henry said, and he burglarized a building and was sent to Wasco State Prison.

It was on his first day there that he was attacked.

Henry asked the district attorney's office about the motive. She said she was told the rumor is that the three men were drunk on "pruno" and thought Jacobson was someone else, a snitch.

"He was a gentle, sweet person who had a love for animals," she added.

 

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