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10/31/2005

N.J. cop killer gets inmate award, angering area LE

By Pete Daly, Trentonian.com

CLINTON -- A transsexual who was sprung from Death Row on a legal technicality after killing two police officers has been given an "inmate of the month" award by the women’s prison where she is currently serving a life term, according to state corrections department officials.

Leslie Ann Nelson, 47, was given a certificate and got a hug from Charlotte Blackwell, warden at the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women in northern New Jersey, after she was named "maximum security inmate worker of the month" for August, officials said.

A guard who works at the prison and other law enforcement officials reacted with outrage yesterday at the recognition of Nelson, who admitted she gunned down two cops 10 years ago as they attempted to execute a search warrant at her Haddon Heights home.

For full story, visit: Officials: Murderer gets hug from warden: Transsexual convict named ‘inmate of month’

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