Death of a Cowboy

Robin Carole Gall, 38, was in jail in Canon City Monday night after Fremont County sheriff's deputies found her husband, Brent Thomas Gall, 40, dead of a gunshot wound to the chest.

Brent Gall was a federal correctional officer. He was also a defendant in the infamous "Cowboys" case, in which several staffers at the U.S. Penitentiary at Florence were charged with systematically beating inmates and self-inflicting injuries to make it look like they were merely defending themselves. Click here for the sordid details.

For the record, Gall was acquitted of all charges in the case. And yes, corrections officers tend to have a higher suicide rate and a higher domestic violence rate than the general population. According to this account in the Pueblo Chieftain, there was at least one prior domestic call at the Gall home.— Alan Prendergast

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