Thursday Feb 14 2008
Child molester's throat slashed at New Folsom Prison
By: Penne Usher Journal Staff Writer
A prison inmate, serving a life term for killing his mother in Rocklin almost a decade ago, is suspected of fatally stabbing another inmate. Steven Matthew Schultz, 28, allegedly used a homemade stabbing device Thursday to slash the throat of convicted sex offender Shannon Lee Graling, 53, at the California State Prison-Sacramento in Folsom. Schultz is currently serving a 26-year-to-life sentence for the 1997 murder of his mother. Officials said Schultz, who was 17 years old at the time, strangled his 40-year-old mother Barbara Schultz in their Rocklin home. Her body was found chained to a propane tank and weighted down in a rock quarry. Lt. Judy Loer, of the California State prison-Sacramento, said Friday that the incident occurred around 8 a.m. Thursday in the maximum-security yard of the prison. Graling was working in the block and part of his duties is to push the laundry cart and exchange the laundry, Loer said. He was in the process of doing that when he was assaulted. Schultz allegedly slashed the throat of Graling, who was serving a 400-year-plus sentence for child molestation offenses, officials said. Graling was serving a 400-year sentence for five counts of lewd and lascivious acts on a child under 14. He also received a 25-year-to-life sentence on November 19, 1997 from Santa Cruz County for failure to register as a sex offender and had a prior 1988 six-year conviction from Santa Cruz County under the name Edward Gail Neal for lewd and lascivious acts on a child under 14, Loer said. The case is being investigated as a homicide by the prison's Investigative Services Unit and Sacramento County District Attorney investigators. Loer said violence is common in prison, but homicides are rare. It doesn't happen often, we may go a few years without a homicide, she said. We do have frequent stabbings and assaults that don't result in homicides. During the investigation into Thursday's attack Schulz will be housed in a segregated area of the prison. Schulz has provided no motive for the alleged attack, officials said.