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Convicted killer with 20 'friends' is removed from Facebook


By Noel Young, Correspondent

October 30, 2011 | 2 min read

A convicted murderer who has been in jail for seven years has had his Facebook page removed by the social network.


Jonathan Davis, held at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman since 2004, had at least 20 friends. One was a girl who had gone to to school with Davis and knew him from their old neighborhood in Florida. When her mother found out, she complained to the prison authorities, the Jackson Clarion Ledger reported.

The state's prison chief, Chris Epps, said Davis would not be on Facebook any more. Jail officials had contacted Facebook's corporate office in California and his account had been deactivated.

The picture Davis had posted on his Facebook page appeared to be taken behind prison walls, according to the mother, who did not wish to be identified.

Cell phones are banned from prisoners - but are still being smuggled into jails, including Parchman, said Epps. A smartphone can be used to update a Facebook page.

Davis, 27, convicted of a capital murder, which took place in 2002 is serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole. No details of his crime were available.

The state has new technology at Parchman to block cell- phone calls, Epps said. Also, they have metal detectors and will do strip searches, among other things, to try to stop cellphone use.

Facebook has said it will work with law enforcement to remove inmates from the network but had no immediate comment on this case.


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