The inmate who stabbed Derek Chauvin 22 times in prison was a former FBI informant.

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This whole thing just keeps getting stinkier.

How do you go about getting some who’s getting out of prison in less than three years to commit crimes that you will certainly get caught for that will keep you in prison for the rest of your life?


Derek Chauvin was stabbed in prison 22 times by a former gang leader and one-time FBI informant who told investigators he targeted the ex-Minneapolis police officer because of his notoriety for killing George Floyd, federal prosecutors said Friday.

John Turscak was charged with attempted murder a week after the Nov. 24 attack at the Federal Correctional Institution in Tucson, Arizona. He told correctional officers he would have killed Chauvin had they not responded so quickly, prosecutors said.

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Turscak, who is serving a 30-year sentence for crimes committed while a member of the Mexican Mafia prison gang, told investigators he thought about attacking Chauvin for a month because he is a high-profile inmate but denied wanting to kill him, prosecutors said.

In addition to attempted murder, Turscak, 52, is charged with assault with intent to commit murder, assault with a dangerous weapon and assault resulting in serious bodily injury. The attempted murder and assault with intent to commit murder charges are each punishable by up to 20 years in prison. Turscak is scheduled to complete his current sentence in 2026.

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Turscak reportedly went by the nickname “Stranger.” Later, he allegedly became an FBI informant in 1997 to provide information about his gang. He proceeded to record conversations he had with members and his associates.

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He was eventually dropped by the FBI as they discovered that he had been selling drugs, extorting money, and ordering assaults. He reportedly plotted attacks on rival gang members and was also accused of attempting to kill the leader of a rival mafia fraction.

In 2001, he went on to plead guilty to racketeering and conspiring to kill a gang rival. According to news reports, he said:

“I didn’t commit those crimes for kicks. I did them because I had to if I wanted to stay alive. I told them to the FBI agents and they just said, “do what you have to do.”

h/t Fast ‘n Bulbous

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