Cobbins brought to Nashville prison for evaluation

Cobbins brought to Nashville prison for evaluation

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By HARLOW SUMERFORD
6 News Reporter

NASHVILLE (WATE) -- A day after he was sentenced to life in prison without parole for the slayings of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom, Letalvis Cobbins was brought to the Charles B. Bass Correctional Complex in Nashville.

This is the facility where Cobbins will have a 30-60 day evaluation. He arrived Thursday shortly after 3:30 p.m.

Officials will evaluate Cobbins' behavior, determine whether he's a safety risk to other inmates or if he'll  be in danger from other inmates. 

After the evaluation, the state decides where to send Cobbins to serve his sentence.

It's likely Cobbins will be placed in one of the state's four maximum security prisons for men.

Riverbend in Nashville is a possibility. It's one of the state's larger, more high tech facilities.

Cobbins would be allowed to buy a small TV for his cell and have limited phone privileges each day.

Inmates are also allowed one hour of exercise in the recreation yard each day.

Like every inmate, Cobbins will be required to either work on the prison grounds, doing things like maintenance or meal preparation, or take courses on anger management or to earn a GED.

According to the Department of Correction, it costs $65 a day to house a male inmate. That's nearly $24,000 a year.

If Cobbins, who's in his mid 20s, lives another 50 years, his incarceration would cost the state of Tennessee nearly $1.2 million.  


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