Released Inmate Shot Dead During Redding, CA Home Invasion

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37-year-old Jesse Theis was released early Thursday morning from the Shasta County Jail, and before sun-up Friday, he invaded a Redding, California home. The 66-year-old female homeowner fired warning shots when she heard someone trying to force entry into her home. When the invader tried a short time later to climb into her window, she shot him dead. Theis had been released due to a county prison policy designed to ease over-crowding by requiring the daily release of those inmates prison officials deem low-risk. While police and prosecutors will review the shooting, early indications are that the homeowner will not face charges.


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  1. Early prison release programs are a great way to solve overcrowding; as long as there are enough legally licensed gun owners to take care of the felons who would otherwise wreak havoc on us. Many of these rats should have been executed long ago. But the namby-pamby justice system has allowed them to fester like pus pockets until we finally have an overcrowded prison system. If we institute a three strikes and your dead policy; we could clean out the prisons in no time.

    1. Totally agree with you Charles!

      1. if this country would go back to publick hanging. there would not be a problem. or prison crouding. the felons would think twice about what is going to hapen to them. if the lawyers and judges let the felons off easy.and they commit another crime. the lawyers and judges that let them off easy. should do there time.its time to put some teeth into the laws and stop all this crime in this country.

    2. I totally agree with your entire statement.

    3. I don’t mind the bad guy getting killed. But we as citizens must reconized our responsibility to have guns in our home. We as a Nation need to have as many people as legally can to do just that carry. We must not let ourselves become a police state, we may not like how things occure in the justice system but it’s one of the best in the world. Thing of Russia and China.

    4. Right on the money Charles! As these so called “low risk” scum bags are released back into society here in California, there will be many more of these incidents. This state, which once was “one of greatest states in the nation”, is now the laughing stock of the nation and for good reason. The recent re-election of Governor Moonbeam (Jerry Brown) and our extreme left wing political policies have ruined a once great state. Lock and load and “God help us all”!

  2. AN EYE FOR AN EYE AND I THINK 3 CHANCES IS ENOUGH. IF YOU CAN’T CONFORM TO SOCIETY WE SHOULD NOT HAVE TO SUPPORT YOU IN JAIL.

  3. The police can’t protect us, our brave solders in the middle East have their hands full, so it’s up to us to fill our hands with a 357 mag and put the loser criminal element in our society on notice. “Don’t tread on me” or you will come up dead!

  4. Give that woman a Medal…She deserves it..All three time offenders should be shot or hung

    1. I agree, give her a medal. If the government did their job we would not have to do it for them.

  5. and it’s going to get alot worse especially with california
    releasing [ i believe i read ] 40 some thousand prisoners
    from prision due to over crowding.
    it’s just going to create way more crimes so hope that
    everyone is prepared.

  6. Are there to many outlaws or to many laws?

    I belive most laws are just political. Drug laws are a problem rather then drug use. And I belive when a man gets out he should have full citizenship. For instance if he is good enough to be free he is good enough to get a job vote and have a gun,otherwise he should be locked up. treat him right and he has less reason to go back.

    No I am not an ex fellon, just a guy with some comman sence who was also an excop.

    1. There is little doubt that this crime was not political in nature or an example of too many laws.. Home invasion within hours of release shouldn’t be blamed on branding this man a victim of society. He was a career criminal who was forcibly retired. Blaming the criminal justice system for his demise is ludicrous.

    2. you shouldn’t have skipped elementary school steve.

    3. Steve, an interesting viewpoint from a person with your background. I see your point; a person does the time, why penalize them forever?

      I think the negative replies were puerile, as well, btw.

    4. Thats a crazy statement.. You must of been in an officer in Mayberry with Andy Griffith and Barny 5..

  7. There are too many guns out there in the hands of criminals and irresponsible people. Our police are in danger daily. However, this lady knew her responsibility to herself and her property. The perp got what was coming and now is off the list of possible repeat offenders.

  8. There should be a law that would immune victims form prosecution and would bar criminals from being able to sue if they are injured while comiting a crime.

    1. There are such laws. These are at the State level. They are called Castle Doctrine.

      They do protect victims form prosecution and bar criminals from being able to sue if they are injured or killed while comiting a crime.

      1. Ricky P—apparently back in the early ’70′s there was no such law. I knew a man that got 20 to life for defending himself with deadly force, when a man kicked his door in. The perp had been there earlier and demanded money, which he was given. When he returned, he was met in the hallway by a 12 guage. needless to say, the victim went to prison for murder and the perp left a family behind.

  9. Dr. Phil just had a young teen-aged mother who was recently widowed just 6 days before a man broke into her home. She opened fire on him and killed him. Now she is tramatized by having to kill someone. It is so sad that people have to kill to protect themselves in their own homes, but it is a simple fact that there are evil people out there that have no regard for human life, so if they chose to come into your home, you have no choice but to kill them to save your own life. I believe you will be forgiven for that. They should stack the prisoners ceiling high in the cells, but keep them behind bars….and don’t be giving them the recreation rooms, the TVs and libraries…treat them like the prisoners they are!

  10. I agree with Randy. If an offender is killed in the act of commiting a crime, he nor the family should have the right to sue. If you are guilty and are killed, no harm, no foul. Accept the consequences for your offense.

  11. One way to solve the over crowding in the prison system is to bring back the death penalty. If you take a life you deserve nothing less than to pay for that crime with the forfeture of YOUR life. The sad thing is that many consider the death penalty inhumane. my question in response to that is what was humane about the bastard that stabbed the old woman 67 times? I think they need to bring back the death penalty and make it retroactive. all sentances converted to life need to be reconverted to death!

    1. i agree a hundred percent . publick hanging is the way to go.

  12. I believe we should go a little future … those who “in their judgement” felt he was “low risk” should be held legally responsible for the trama this lady had to go thru. … then maybe they won’t be so quick to release these “low risk”

  13. You know that if she called the the cops she would probably be dead by the time they got there
    cops carry guns to protect them self we the people have guns to protect use at the first sign of being threatened not watting around for some one to come and help guns don’t kill people people kill people she did the right thing

    1. unfortunatly cops wind up collecting evedince and reports after the fact

    2. If this was the incident I think it was, then she did call the cops. She was on the phone to 911 when she shot him. She had been for a while….

  14. Steve, you are dead wrong. Why should we let repeat offender out of prison? Many of them will do just like this guy did. He once more put hiself in a position to be killed!
    Yep, sure enough,justice prevaled.
    May this might be the best way after all !!!

  15. So the prisions are crowded !!!! Who crowded them?
    Jerks who have highly offended the laws. No, we should not build more townhouses for them. Some of those places they are building for prisoners are better that our poor people have.
    Let them take turns sleeping, or use the floor for their matteress. Sooner or later they would get the idea.

  16. Overcrowding is a word that is self-explanatory. If there were stronger penalties for crimes, we wouldn’t have this problem. I sure feel strongly about the death penalty. Why should we support a murderer for his/her life in jail? I get so angry when I read how Judges give murders a slap on the hand but give rapists a life sentence! It seems that it would be the other way around to me. I believe if we “hang ‘em high”, the word would pass quickly within their circles and crimes would drop greatly. The old west hung people right away for major crimes, didn’t make them wait on “death row” for 15 years for it to happen. Just another example of how our government is wasting our hard-earned money. Let the punishment fit the crime. Give them just what they gave their poor victim. I actually overheard one man commenting once that he liked it better in jail than his own house. It had more creature comforts. What a joke! I wish the court system would change their way of thinking and do something about this mess they have us in.

    1. If the legal system is not going to use the death penalty,let the offenders take the place of an Innocent Scientific Experimental Laboratory Animal. What better way to find a cure for Aids, The Plague and other baffling unknown diseases or their cures, than an exact human lab rat. Let them be injected with the virus or parasites, or conduct sterility tests, electric brain/organ zaps to see cause and reaction. Put acid in their eyes to see how much is too much.
      For those who cross the line society draws in the sand, an example will be set to any who occupy related thoughts of criminal offenses. What better way for them to pay restitution and give back to society? Its a win win for all. why should the innocent animals have to suffer? Give the Docs a match to work with.

      1. Damn good idea!

  17. ” While police and prosecutors will review the shooting, early indications are that the homeowner will not face charges.”

    What, exactly, would they charge her with? Defending her home from a perp who wasn’t scared away by warning shots and thus lost his life to said woman, who was doing no more than protecting her home and, most probably, her life?

  18. Yes, maybe if we make hanging or the firing squad public for everyone to watch, just maybe we would have less people killig people. Also, I agree with treating inmates like inmates. Why should inmates get cable t.v., video games, and all the other benefits that you and I pay for.

  19. HIT THEM WHERE IT HURTS.ANY WOMEN OLD PERSON OR CHILD SHOULD BE ABLE TO GET RID OF ANYONE THAT IS HURTING THEM.

  20. IF THEY BREAK INTO MY HOUSE IT WILL BE THEIR LAST STRIKE !!!!!!

  21. I WORKED IN THE DEPT OF CORRECTIONS/CORUPTION. IT IS A JOKE! WE NEED MORE TENT CITY JAILS/PRISONS. LOCK THEM UP!!!! MAKE THEM DO THE WORK FOR FOOD, ETC. OR LET THEM DIE AND KILL EACH OTHER OFF IN A TENT CITY!!!

    ART

    1. I AM TOTALLY WITH YOU, MAN. WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO THE ‘CHAIN GANG’ WHERE THEY CLEANED UP OUR HIGHWAYS WITH THE CORRECTIONS OFFICER HOLDING HIS SHOT GUN? THEY NEED TO FARM THEIR OWN FOOD AND BE IN A ‘SELF SUSTAINING ENVIRONMENT’. I LIKE YOUR TENT CITY IDEA TOO, JUST LIKE THE SHERIFF IN AZ, HAVING THEM WEAR PINK.

  22. Now be nice, give ‘em a choice, firing squad or hanging the next morning. The jury would be certain before finding guilty. And the purp would get swift and humane justice. Maybe even let the family of the victim could get some “Closure”, let them take a shot, or pull the trap door release? Twenty plus years on death row is wrong, as are endless appeals.

  23. This story just warms my heart. It is still a shame that this woman had to go through all that terror over a convict that obviously should not have been released. Our submarine sailors hot bunk and do just fine with it. If someone is in prison for the second or third time, stack him in like chord wood, bad living conditions might make them think about what they have done.

  24. I spent 2 years in Iraq eating MRE’s and living in the heat with no A/C pulling missions lasting days if not weeks without a shower. When we were able to shower it was from a (cold) water hose rigged to the wall. I would at times work 18-20 hr days for days at a time and I committed no crime. Not only was there no “early release” but my time actually got extended due to Stop Liss. Why should criminals be treated better when in jail than our service men and women???

    1. They should’t of course not! buy the way..THANK YOU GABE!

    2. Gabe Thank you for serving and protecting our America.

  25. Every person decerve a chance,but a three time offender it’s a carier criminal,and jet they let him out,if the jails are to full,hang them!

  26. I DIDN’T KNOW PEOPLE IN CA BELIEVED IN HAVING GUNS! YOU GO GIRL. THAT IS ONE WAY TO GET RID OF THESE BUMS.

    1. You’d probably be surprised at the number of people in California with guns. I lived in Fresno for two years before moving here. I purchased my first gun there, as did my wife. We considered applying for a CCW until we learned that it would take up to 6 months to receive it, due to the number of people applying! :)

  27. KILLING 2 BIRDS WITH 1 SHOT, YOU GO GRANNY. GOT RID OF AN UNDESIRABLE LOW LIFE BUM AND SAVED THE TAX PAYERS OF CA SOME EXPENSES AT THE SAME TIME. NO ONE WOULD ‘BLAME YOU’ EITHER, EVEN IF YOU DIDN’T FIRE THE WARNING SHOTS, BUT UNSTEAD FIRED A COUPLE ‘AFTER’ THE ‘A’ HOLE WAS NO LONGER A THREAT TO FULFILL THE STATE LAWS. CONGRATULATIONS FOR RIDDING THE REST OF SOCIETY OF THIS PIECE OF CRAP.

  28. Early Release is not a bad ideea as long as the person relealize that there will not be a court judge laywer or jurry to decide your fate if you decide to violate a person rights with a concealed carry permit…

  29. I know that 15 years ago, in GA, it cost the state $30k per year for each inmate. After 16 years of appeals, the scum was finally executed. That was $480k of our money for one man charged with 5 murders 1st degree. Be ready, trained and thoroughly prepared. Also don’t forget the dead man’s 10 seconds, keep shooting, you may be the “criminal” and him The “victim”.

    1. What’s the dead man’s ten seconds?

  30. Unfortunately, it’s not THEM that makes these decisions, it’s US! We as citizens have tolerated the judges and juries over and over again. It is US who have determined that prisoners should be allowed TV’s, VCR’s, ‘humane’ conditions, great healthcare and other benefits ad nauseum. It is US who sit on juries and award idiots $9 million for putting hot coffee between their legs while driving and then burning themselves with it. It is US who allow our representatives to release prisoners for ‘overcrowding’ and then have no accountability for their actions. Then we bitch about it, but have really done nothing about it.

  31. How do we even know this story is true? How hard would it be to provide reference material so we can verify our selves instead of just acting like sheep?

  32. ITS A VERY SAD STORY TGAT SOMONES GRAND MOTHER HAS TO DEFEND HER SELF AND LIVE WITH KILLING SOMONE. It was her or him and she did what she had to do. Brocken window is last crime he commuted. Me personally I can’t afford a new window so that’s why MT door is unlocked.

  33. I don’t have a problem with what she did! The right to protect is absolute. My problem with some of the responses is as a former probation officer the public needs a better awareness of how broken the CJ system is. It is going to take money to fix and many don’t want to pay or change many of of systems that took many years to fall into such a dysfunctional mess. Old adange ” the serverity of punishment does not deter crime only the certainy of it does”! Overwhelmed systems don’t offer a certainty of consequence!

    1. Skeith and one way the probation system fails is a no brainer, when you put a male P.O. to monitor a female offender, the drug testing more specific, tell me just how does that work? Or vice versa a female P.O. and male offender?
      If people knew they would face the electric chair not lethal injection for the crimes of kidnapping, sexual abuse and killing of a child…or taking another innocent persons life. Drive by shootings and gang banging or numerous other violent crimes. Dont you think the public display of death by electric chair would give them second or third thoughts, possibly change their minds about their criminal future? End of overcrowding, cut back of county/state hired P.O.’s, and best of all no release dates. or repeats of past crimes.
      If they behave if for no other reason than fear, so be it.

  34. severity of punishment should match severity of crime. if you stole something as a kid and got a whipping out of it then you didnt do it again, if you did then you dont care about consequences and therefore have less value than others. I know it sounds too simple and there will be those that want to find blame in society or race or enviroment, but at the end of the day all adults know right from wrong. More people should be allowed to vote on laws rather than always let rich, well protected old men and women with agendas make them. Though if you look it up violent crime is lower in states without the death penalty. California has over 700 people on death row but only put 13 to it in 2011. 34 states have it but only 1 actually uses it, texas has done 4 this year alone.

  35. These comments are very interesting in their content. One thing disturbs me, though. Much of the grammar, word usage (wrong words such as Robert’s comment “I believe we should go a little future” when word should have been ‘further’ not ‘future’), and spelling is atrocious. The real problem with this is that our enemies (leftist pukes, lib judges and politicians, and hoplophobes,etc.) use this ignorance and carelessness as “proof” that we are a bunch of stupid, illiterate rednecks. We know that we are not. The points here in these many comments are valid points and I agree with nearly all of what you are all saying. Please do not think my comments are intended to be picking on anyone or to offend anyone. I would just like to see the enemies put in their place and having to respect us for our intelligence. Thank you and bless you all.

  36. Gabe,
    As a veteran myself I couldn’t agree with you more. It’s horse crap that inmates live the way they do, way better then we treat our service members. Sure we get freedoms from time to time but while we was “on the job” it was all duty…

  37. I absolutely love that this lowlife got what was coming to him. The only thing I personally don’t agree with in all the commants is people saying we need god fearing people and all the stuff along those lines. I my self am a agnostic I feel there may or may not be a god out there but everything presented to us along those lines is utterly bull. But I do protect my house with a .40 cal pistol,a 12 gauge and a .22 rifle. Also thankfully in my state I can carry my loaded pistol in the glove box of my vehicle. What i’m saying is god has nothing to do with it. No matter what if any higher power you believe in it comes down to if your a morally responsible enough person to be allowed to be in our society or if your going to be a person that got what he deserved. I wish that old lady the best and am glad she helped out our society by getting a bottom feeder of the streets permanently.

  38. Now he is NO RISK! Kudos to the lady for taking the trash out.

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