AFGE Local 1034

No Death Penalty for the Murder of Jose Rivera


Below is some information regarding the US Attorney's office not seeking the death Penalty for the murder of Jose Rivera.

Letter from Mike Rule,

North Central Regional Vice-President


     A video conference was held between the US Attorney for the Eastern District of California Benjamin Wagner, the Assistant US Attorney Duce Rice, the Local E-board from Atwater, the Warden from Atwater, NCRVP Mike Rule, and WRVP Mike Meserve.


     This conference was to discuss the plea deal that the inmate that murdered Jose Rivera was given and answer any questions that the parties had.


     This is a summary of the conference call and some of the questions asked.

Letter from Eric Young,

CPL-33 National President


     Council of Prison Locals President Eric Young wrote a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch asking her to reconsider the choice to accept the plea agreement.


Letter from J. David Cox,

AFGE National President


     AFGE President J. David Cox wrote a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch asking her to reconsider the choice to accept the plea agreement.

Email from AFGE urging staff to contact their Representatives


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     He overpowered a correctional officer, pinned him down, and stabbed him to death. He even admitted to that crime.

     But Joseph Cabrera Sablan, one of the two men who killed Officer Jose Rivera at USP Atwater, won't be eligible for the death penalty. He just plea bargained into serving a life sentence. Problem is, he was already serving a life sentence when he killed Officer Rivera.

     This is not justice. This is an utter disgrace to our fallen brother, and an insult to the Rivera family.

We must see justice done for Jose. Write to your Representative NOW and tell them: pass H.R. 814, the Thin Blue Line Act to make sure that no one who murders a correctional officer goes unpunished.    

     This legislation would make murdering a correctional worker, firefighter, police officer, or other first responder in federal jurisdiction a capital offense. With this legislation, we could ensure that every fallen correctional worker and their family receives the justice they have earned, and send a message to every inmate that correctional worker’s lives matter.

     Jose Rivera gave his life to protect his community. We owe it to him and his family to see justice done.

But we need your help to do that. Take 2 minutes and send a letter to your Representative. Ask them to pass H.R. 814, the Thin Blue Line Act, and ensure that this lack of punishment never happens again.

In solidarity,

AFGE