News Prison Tat
There’s courtroom justice, and then there’s prison justice:
An inmate serving a life term for molesting and killing a 10-year-old girl named Katie somehow got “Katie’s Revenge” tattooed across his forehead, and prison authorities were trying to determine how it happened.
The Indiana Department of Correction placed Anthony Ray Stockelman, 39, in protective custody away from the general inmate population last weekend after authorities discovered the tattoo, said Rich Larsen, a spokesman for the Wabash Valley Correctional Facility.
Stockelman was sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to abducting, molesting and killing Katlyn “Katie” Collman. Katie was missing for five days before her body was found Jan. 30, 2005, in a creek about 15 miles from her home in the southern Indiana town of Crothersville.
Larsen refused to comment on what Stockelman has said about it or what else investigators have learned. He said he did not know how a picture of the crude tattoo was taken and distributed outside the prison, including on the Internet.
Collman’s father, John Neace, said he heard about the tattoo from friends and believes it was the work of inmates.
“If I had to guess I’d say it’s a statement from the inmates,” he said Wednesday. Neace said he has no idea whether his late daughter’s distant cousin, who is also serving time at Wabash, played any role.