Inmate Convicted of High School Shooting Found Dead at New Boston Telford Unit


Chad Padilla, 20, of Ellis County Texas was found unresponsive in his cell at the Barry Telford Unit in New Boston, Texas just before 2:00 am on Monday, March 21. Padilla was serving a 40-year sentence for shooting a classmate multiple times in 2018.

Padilla was serving a 40-year sentence for shooting 15-year-old Mahkayla Jones six times in the cafeteria of Italy High School in Ellis County in 2018. Jones survived the shooting. Padilla was convicted of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon and Attempted Capital Murder in 2019.

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Chad Padilla, 20 — TDCJ

Staff entered the cell and began life-saving measures and 911 was contacted. Unit medical staff arrived and assisted with life-saving measures.

Inmate Padilla was taken on a gurney to the unit medical facility. EMS arrived and paramedics pronounced inmate Padilla deceased at 2:25 a.m.

Though the cause of death has not been made official, the Office of the Inspector General is investigating the death as a suicide. Padilla would have been eligible for parole after serving 20 years of his sentence.




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