Columbus Allen Jr. II left his downtown Modesto jail cell this afternoon to begin serving the rest of his life behind bars for the murder of California Highway Patrolman Earl Scott.
Around 12:30 p.m., a team of Stanislaus County sheriff’s deputies drove Allen to the Deuel Vocational Institution in Tracy, a reception center for newly-committed state prisoners from Northern California.
There, Allen will be classified and transferred to another facility based on factors such as his “criminal records, life histories, medical and physiological histories, and social histories,” according to the DVI Web site.
Less than two hours after Allen’s departure, Stanislaus County sheriff’s deputies had already cleaned out Allen’s private cell. He left behind three stacks of paperwork, much of it relating to his criminal case, but took two small bags of personal items with him, Sgt. Glenn Cadwell said.
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Allen, 34, admitted in court Monday he shot Scott during a February 2006 traffic stop near Salida to avoid arrest and possible prison time because he was a felon with a gun in his car.
Allen pleaded guilty to first-degree murder with three special circumstances in exchange for prosecutors agreeing to no longer seek the death penalty against him.