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Lemuel Smith

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Donna Payant


Facts of the Crime:

On May 15, 1981, Smith raped and strangled correctional officer Donna Payant at the Greenhaven Correctionial Center, where Smith was serving life for five previous murders.

It was the first time a female correctional officer had been killed in the line of duty

Smith was sentenced to death on June 10, 1983. His sentence was commuted to another life sentence on July 2, 1984.