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An inmate who served roughly 35 years in solitary confinement in a federal prison died in a Colorado hospital earlier this month.

Thomas Silverstein, who was believed to have spent more time in solitary confinement than any other American federal prisoner, died from complications of heart surgery on May 11 at the age of 67, according to The New York Times.

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Silverstein had been brought to a hospital in February from the ADX Supermax prison in Florence, Colo., meant for the most dangerous criminals including gang leaders, terrorists and prisoners with persistent disciplinary issues.

Silverstein was first put in solitary confinement after killing a prison guard in October 1983 at the maximum security prison in Marion, Ill. He reportedly stabbed the guard to death, according to the Denver Post. Silverstein had also been convicted of killing two other prison inmates.

Thomas Silverstein was first put in solitary confinement in 1983 after he stabbed a prison guard to death. He is believed to have served the longest amount of time in solitary confinement of any American inmate. (Long Beach Police)

Thomas Silverstein was first put in solitary confinement in 1983 after he stabbed a prison guard to death. He is believed to have served the longest amount of time in solitary confinement of any American inmate. (Long Beach Police)

The Bureau of Prisons (BOP) put Silverstein in indefinite solitary confinement after the guard’s death, because at the time there was no death sentence for murdering a prison officer, writer Pete Earley explained in a blog post after Silverstein’s death.

Silverstein was initially incarcerated in 1978 for an armed robbery conviction. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison before the deaths of the two inmates and the prison guard.

After he was put in solitary confinement in 1983, he spent time in several prisons under various conditions, including cells in Atlanta and Leavenworth, Kan., with the lights turned on 24 hours a day.

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He was eventually allowed some privileges, Earley wrote, including books and art supplies.

In 2005, he was brought to the Supermax prison in Colorado and was kept in a soundproof cell.

According to his blog post, Earley had known and communicated with Silverstein for 32 years. The Denver Post reported Earley was working with Silverstein on an autobiography for the inmate.

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Though the BOP identified Silverstein as a member of the Aryan Brotherhood, Earley wrote in a second blog post that Silverstein denied it — despite other inmates who said he was.

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An inmate who served roughly 35 years in solitary confinement in a federal prison died in a Colorado hospital earlier this month.

Thomas Silverstein, who was believed to have spent more time in solitary confinement than any other American federal prisoner, died from complications of heart surgery on May 11 at the age of 67, according to The New York Times.

COLORADO RANCHER PLEADS NOT GUILTY IN DEATH OF MISSING WOMAN

Silverstein had been brought to a hospital in February from the ADX Supermax prison in Florence, Colo., meant for the most dangerous criminals including gang leaders, terrorists and prisoners with persistent disciplinary issues.

Silverstein was first put in solitary confinement after killing a prison guard in October 1983 at the maximum security prison in Marion, Ill. He reportedly stabbed the guard to death, according to the Denver Post. Silverstein had also been convicted of killing two other prison inmates.

Thomas Silverstein was first put in solitary confinement in 1983 after he stabbed a prison guard to death. He is believed to have served the longest amount of time in solitary confinement of any American inmate. (Long Beach Police)

Thomas Silverstein was first put in solitary confinement in 1983 after he stabbed a prison guard to death. He is believed to have served the longest amount of time in solitary confinement of any American inmate. (Long Beach Police)

The Bureau of Prisons (BOP) put Silverstein in indefinite solitary confinement after the guard’s death, because at the time there was no death sentence for murdering a prison officer, writer Pete Earley explained in a blog post after Silverstein’s death.

Silverstein was initially incarcerated in 1978 for an armed robbery conviction. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison before the deaths of the two inmates and the prison guard.

After he was put in solitary confinement in 1983, he spent time in several prisons under various conditions, including cells in Atlanta and Leavenworth, Kan., with the lights turned on 24 hours a day.

FLORIDA WOMAN’S BRUTAL COLD-CASE MURDER HEATS UP, COPS MAKE ARREST

He was eventually allowed some privileges, Earley wrote, including books and art supplies.

In 2005, he was brought to the Supermax prison in Colorado and was kept in a soundproof cell.

According to his blog post, Earley had known and communicated with Silverstein for 32 years. The Denver Post reported Earley was working with Silverstein on an autobiography for the inmate.

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Though the BOP identified Silverstein as a member of the Aryan Brotherhood, Earley wrote in a second blog post that Silverstein denied it — despite other inmates who said he was.

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A former state lawmaker in Colorado has been ticketed for providing alcohol to an underage campaign worker, according to reports.

Former state Rep. Rochelle Galindo, 29, a Democrat from Greeley, was elected last November but resigned May 12 amid an investigation into the allegation, which was not public at the time Galindo departed.

Galindo was also facing a recall effort, the Denver Post reported.

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In a statement accompanying her resignation, Galindo blamed “smear tactics” by political opponents, Denver’s FOX 31 reported.

“The allegations against me are false,” Galindo wrote, according to the station. “That said, they will make my fight against the pending recall effort untenable. I will not put my constituents through what will surely be a recall campaign based on political smear tactics and false allegations. Instead, I will resign my seat as the elected representative of House District 50, effective immediately.”

Former Colorado state Rep. Rochelle Galindo. (Facebook)

Former Colorado state Rep. Rochelle Galindo. (Facebook)

The probe was launched after a 19-year-old worker from Galindo’s campaign alleged that she and the then-candidate had an inappropriate sexual relationship, according to the Post.

But the younger woman ultimately declined to pursue legal action and authorities found no evidence to bring charges, the report said.

The unnamed college intern feared possible retaliation for alerting authorities, a 21-page police report says, according to the Greeley Tribune.

The report says the young woman claimed that Galindo would jokingly compare her to Monica Lewinsky, the former White House intern from a scandal involving former President Bill Clinton.

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The young woman told authorities that she and other interns would consume wine while making calls to potential campaign donors. In her case, the drinking would sometimes lead to sex with Galindo, the Tribune reported, citing the police report.

Another aide to Galindo was also accused of providing alcohol to underage interns, the newspaper reported.

A vacancy committee will select a replacement for Galindo on June 2, the report said.

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Four members of a Colorado family escaped serious injury after a man suspected of driving under the influence drove into the picnic area of a Dairy Queen on Saturday in a dramatic crash captured on video.

The Loveland Police Department told FOX31 that Michael John Dupuis, 31, of Loveland was driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs when he drove his Toyota Corolla into the picnic area.

“It was like a bomb went off,” Carol Hendry told FOX31. “There were bodies flying. Grandkids were screaming and crying.”

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Hendry was at the restaurant with her husband Bob and two grandchildren and was seated at one of the two tables that were taken out by the car.

Hendry said the crash happened fast with no time to react before there were “shards of bricks flying everywhere.”

“I saw that car out of the corner of my eye and heard the engine revving, and it was just too fast,” she told FOX31. “Things happened too quickly.”

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Carol said she only had minor injuries, while her husband broke several bones in his back when he was knocked about 10 feet into the parking lot.

Bob Hendry told FOX31 his injuries were worse than anything he sustained in his nearly 50 years of working in law enforcement.

“You survive a law enforcement career, and then you get taken out eating ice cream,” he told FOX31.

The couple’s grandchildren were not injured in the crash. A woman at another table was briefly trapped under the vehicle before she was taken to a local hospital. Police said four people were taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

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Dupuis has since been charged with vehicular assault and DUI, according to FOX31.

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Four members of a Colorado family escaped serious injury after a man suspected of driving under the influence drove into the picnic area of a Dairy Queen on Saturday in a dramatic crash captured on video.

The Loveland Police Department told FOX31 that Michael John Dupuis, 31, of Loveland was driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs when he drove his Toyota Corolla into the picnic area.

“It was like a bomb went off,” Carol Hendry told FOX31. “There were bodies flying. Grandkids were screaming and crying.”

TEXAS DEPUTY’S VEHICLE HIT BY TRAIN AS HE RUSHED TO SAVE BABY IN DISTRESS, OFFICIALS SAY

Hendry was at the restaurant with her husband Bob and two grandchildren and was seated at one of the two tables that were taken out by the car.

Hendry said the crash happened fast with no time to react before there were “shards of bricks flying everywhere.”

“I saw that car out of the corner of my eye and heard the engine revving, and it was just too fast,” she told FOX31. “Things happened too quickly.”

ABDUCTED IDAHO GIRL FOUND SAFE IN ARIZONA, SUSPECT JAILED

Carol said she only had minor injuries, while her husband broke several bones in his back when he was knocked about 10 feet into the parking lot.

Bob Hendry told FOX31 his injuries were worse than anything he sustained in his nearly 50 years of working in law enforcement.

“You survive a law enforcement career, and then you get taken out eating ice cream,” he told FOX31.

The couple’s grandchildren were not injured in the crash. A woman at another table was briefly trapped under the vehicle before she was taken to a local hospital. Police said four people were taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

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Dupuis has since been charged with vehicular assault and DUI, according to FOX31.

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A survivor of the 1999 Columbine school massacre who went on to become an advocate for fighting addiction was found dead at his Colorado home on Saturday, officials said.

Austin Eubanks, 37, died overnight at his Steamboat Springs home, according to Routt County Coroner Robert Ryg. The death was reported early Saturday morning.

Ryg added there were no signs of foul play. A Monday autopsy was planned to determine the cause of death.

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Austin Eubanks, seen left in a April 25, 1999 photo, a survivor of the 1999 Columbine school shooting and later became an advocate for fighting addiction has died. Eubanks recently spoke about battling addiction ahead of the 20th anniversary of the massacre.

Austin Eubanks, seen left in a April 25, 1999 photo, a survivor of the 1999 Columbine school shooting and later became an advocate for fighting addiction has died. Eubanks recently spoke about battling addiction ahead of the 20th anniversary of the massacre. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews/FOX31)

Eubanks was shot in the hand and knee alongside his best friend Corey DePooter in the library during the massacre. DePooter, along with 11 other classmates and a teacher, were killed in the shooting rampage.

“I completely disassociated,” Eubanks told Fox News host Neil Cavuto last month. “I’ve always been able to recall everything that happened that day, but it was almost as if I was watching it on television. I wasn’t present in my own body.”

After the shooting, Eubanks became addicted to drugs after taking prescription pain medication while recovering from his injuries.

“I was prescribed medications for my physical injuries and, immediately, I became drawn to those medications because of how they improved the underlying symptoms of emotional pain,” he said during his appearance on “Cavuto Live.”

When he got sober in 2011, he said he wanted to make a change, working at an addiction treatment center and traveling the U.S. telling his story.

“When I finally decided to do whatever it took to recover, I knew it meant changing everything about my life. And so I walked away from a career in advertising, I went back to school to study addiction, I finally got my foot in the door working part-time for a treatment center,” he told FOX31 last month ahead of the 20th anniversary of the massacre. “And so I went down and took all of the negative influences out of my life, and I replaced them with people, places and things that held me accountable for being the best version of myself.”

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Eubanks, who has sons ages 9 and 13, told the Associated Press last month he laments that active-shooter drills, video surveillance and armed guards are all too routine for them — as natural as a tornado drill was for him growing up in Oklahoma.

“We are so unwilling to actually make meaningful progress on eradicating the issue,” he told the AP at the time. “So we’re just going to focus on teaching kids to hide better, regardless of the emotional impact that that bears on their life. To me, that’s pretty sad.”

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While Eubanks’ cause of death has not yet been determined, a family spokesperson told FOX31 he “lost the battle with the very disease he fought so hard to help others face.”

“Helping to build a community of support is what meant the most to Austin, and we plan to continue his work,” the family told FOX31. “As you can imagine, we are beyond shocked and saddened and request that our privacy is respected at this time.”

Fox News’ Greg Norman, Sam Dorman and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Denver mayoral candidate Jamie Giellis stumbled this week when asked on a live Facebook program what “NAACP” stands for.

Giellis was being interviewed Tuesday on “The Brother Jeff Show,” which focuses on African-American issues. Off camera, a man asked her what the acronym means.

“National African-American … ,” Giellis began, before the man told her she was wrong.

“You gonna test me on this?” Giellis asked, looking uncomfortable.

NAACP stands for “National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.” The civil rights organization was founded more than a century ago and has chapters across the U.S.

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Shay J., host of the program, asked Giellis if she knew what the NAACP did. Again, Giellis appeared caught off guard.

“Well, they do advocacy for the African-American community,” she responded. “They talk about policy. They talk about issues. They stand up for some rights.”

Then social media pounced.

“If you’re running for mayor of Denver… you might wanna know what NAACP stands for, Jamimie Gillis. Also might wanna know what they do,” wrote one Twitter user.

Giellis’ rival, incumbent Mayor Michael Hancock, called the clip, “alarming.”

Shay J. told Denver’s KCNC-TV that she gives Giellis credit for agreeing to the interview, but said Giellis should’ve been better prepared.

Giellis apologized Wednesday, explaining that she “momentarily struggled to recall” when she was asked what the NAACP was, Denver’s FOX 31 reported.

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“Moments after the show, while collecting my thoughts, it came to me – the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. I told the hosts what it stood for and apologized for my momentary lapse,” she said.

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Prosecutors will try both suspects in a deadly Colorado school shooting last week as adults, according to a report.

One student, Kendrick Castillo, 18, was killed and eight others were injured when the suspects opened fire at the school on May 7.

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The suspects, Devon Erickson, 18, and Alec McKinney, 16, appeared in a Douglas County courthouse Wednesday. They both face dozens of charges, including first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, theft and arson, The Washington Post reported.

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Both Devon Erickson (shown) and 16-year-old Alec McKinney will reportedly be tried as adults. 

Both Devon Erickson (shown) and 16-year-old Alec McKinney will reportedly be tried as adults.  (Joe Amon/The Denver Post via AP, Pool)

Castillo has been hailed as a hero for charging at the suspects when they entered his classroom in the charter school south of Denver. One of Castillo’s classmates said his actions gave the rest of the class enough time to get under their desks to hide.

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Castillo’s family was in the courtroom Wednesday, The Washington Post reported.

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Prosecutors will try both suspects in a deadly Colorado school shooting last week as adults, according to a report.

One student, Kendrick Castillo, 18, was killed and eight others were injured when the suspects opened fire at the school on May 7.

JEEP FLEET HONORS VICTIM OF COLORADO STEM SCHOOL SHOOTING AT FUNERAL

The suspects, Devon Erickson, 18, and Alec McKinney, 16, appeared in a Douglas County courthouse Wednesday. They both face dozens of charges, including first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, theft and arson, The Washington Post reported.

COLORADO SCHOOL SHOOTING HERO WHO WAS SHOT TWICE CALLED MOM WHILE SUBDUING GUNMAN

Both Devon Erickson (shown) and 16-year-old Alec McKinney will reportedly be tried as adults. 

Both Devon Erickson (shown) and 16-year-old Alec McKinney will reportedly be tried as adults.  (Joe Amon/The Denver Post via AP, Pool)

Castillo has been hailed as a hero for charging at the suspects when they entered his classroom in the charter school south of Denver. One of Castillo’s classmates said his actions gave the rest of the class enough time to get under their desks to hide.

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Castillo’s family was in the courtroom Wednesday, The Washington Post reported.

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A fleet of Jeeps encircled a Colorado church on Wednesday to honor Kendrick Castillo, an 18-year-old senior at the STEM School Highlands Ranch who was fatally shot when he tried to apprehend a gunman in his class.

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More than 600 Jeeps lead a caravan to the memorial service for Kendrick Castillo, who was killed in the assault on the STEM  School Highlands Ranch on Wednesday. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

More than 600 Jeeps lead a caravan to the memorial service for Kendrick Castillo, who was killed in the assault on the STEM  School Highlands Ranch on Wednesday. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

More than 600 Jeeps form a caravan to the memorial. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

More than 600 Jeeps form a caravan to the memorial. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

An Instagram post by the Colorado Jeep Girls urged the community to join in the procession to celebrate Castillo’s love for the military-style vehicles.

“Please join us in whatever Jeep you drive. New, old and everything in between! Let’s show Kendrick’s family the love from our Jeep community to them,” the post said.

More than 600 Jeeps showed up in all.

Castillo was fatally shot on May 7 as he lunged at a man who reportedly brandished a gun in class and told everyone not to move before opening fire. Castillo was joined by three other students who jumped on the alleged gunman and allowed the rest of the class to flee the room. He was killed just two days before his last day of high school.

“Kendrick Castillo died a legend. He died a trooper,” said Brendan Bialy, one of the students who also jumped the man. “I know he will be with me for the rest of my life.”

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Nine students were shot before two suspects were taken into custody, officials said. The pair had a “number of weapons,” which included two handguns, according to Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock.

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