TOM HENNESSY: Time to let prisoner, a WWII POW, go home to die

TOM HENNESSY: Time to let prisoner, a WWII POW, go home to die

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September 6th, 2009, 1:08 pm #1

TOM HENNESSY: Time to let prisoner, a WWII POW, go home to die
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TOM HENNESSY: Time to let prisoner, a WWII POW, go home to diePosted: 09/05/2009 08:45:30 PM PDTUpdated: 09/05/2009 09:14:49 PM PDT
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<span><img height="302" alt="" src="http://extras.mnginteractive.com/live/m ... EW_200.jpg" width="200" border="0"></span> Prisoner Richard Keech, shown during his 1997 trial, should be allowed to go home to die with his family. (Press-Telegram file photo)
Nearing his 90th birthday, Richard Keech is confined to a medical unit at the High Desert State Prison in Susanville.

His family says he stays alive on Ensure, a nutritional drink, and on weekly letters sent from Long Beach by his wife, Kay. Prison staffers read the letters to her husband, whose sight is failing.

The 1997 trial of Keech made area headlines. A prisoner-of-war during World War II, the one-time Marine defended the murder of his son-in-law, calling it a consequence of post-traumatic stress syndrome brought on by his incarceration in a Japanese prison camp.

My father is in prison because he killed my abusive husband to protect my son, my mother, and me, his daughter Nancy said in a recent advertisement she ran in the Press-Telegram.

With the family trying for a compassionate discharge that would give their patriarch a brief stay at home, the ad sought letters of support from readers.

In response, says Nancy, Our family received 43 letters and 32 e-mails of support for my dad. In the ad, she had also said, My father is in prison, because he killed my abusive husband (Nicholas Candy) to protect my son, my mother, and me.

After Candys death, Nancy went back to her maiden name.

<strong>Dying behind bars </strong>

As an aging prisoner, Keech has suffered from a number of ailments, including bone deterioration, skin cancer, spinal stenosis, a torn retina and damage to a femur that has been broken twice.
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His family worries that Susanvilles correctional treatment center is not equipped to deal surgically with Keech.<span></span>
The prison hospital is not equipped for surgery, says Nancy. Its more like a nursing home. My dad is not eating enough to survive. The prison doctor suggested an external tube be surgically inserted into his stomach for feeding purposes, which would have to be done at an outside nonprison hospital.

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<span><strong>http://www.contracostatimes.com/california/ci_13279692</strong></span>

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