Sheridan Industrial School Youth Supervisor Robert Jefferson, 30, died April 1, 1971 from injuries sustained in an attack at 5:15 p.m. in a residential building. Although initially called a beating by Superintendent Charles Rowe, three employees still working at Sheridan remember that Jefferson was stabbed 14 times to the chest and neck with a sharpened table knife and sharpened metal rod during what may have been an escape attempt. The employees were of the opinion that Jefferson was at the wrong place at the wrong time and that he was not individually targeted by the youths.
Jefferson was able to identify his assailants, Rodney Bradley and Elson Boose, on his hospital death bed. Both were sentenced to 20-40 years and were paroled in 1992.