Cobbins transferred to maximum security prison

Cobbins transferred to maximum security prison

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"What kind of system evaluates a convicted rapist and murderer and says well, let's put them down in the medium security prison?" Gary Christian asks. "What kind of system evaluates a convicted rapist and murderer and says well, let's put them down in the medium security prison?" Gary Christian asks.

NASHVILLE (WATE) -- Letalvis Cobbins, the first defendant convicted in the Christian-Newsom murders case, has been moved to a maximum security prison.

Cobbins was moved to the West Tennessee State Penitentiary in Henning.

He was sentenced to life without parole after his August conviction in the torture and murders of Channon Christian and her boyfriend, Christopher Newsom, in January 2007.

Last week as his half-brother LeMaricus Davidson was on trial in the same case, Cobbins told a warden at the Nashville inmate classification center he was afraid for his safety behind bars.

Officials with the state Department of Correction said he was put into protective custody.

At that time, Cobbins was being held in the Hardeman County Correctional Center, a medium security facility.

However after the Christian and Newsom families questioned why Cobbins wasn't in maximum security, state Sen. Tim Burchett (R-Knoxville) called Gov. Bredesen's office and asked to have him moved to a maximum security facility.

The Christians are glad Burchett called the governor about the case, but say there's a bigger issue.

"What kind of system evaluates a convicted rapist and murderer and says well, let's put them down in the medium security prison?" Gary Christian asks.

"Of the remaining life that he has on this earth, I want it can be as hard as it can possibly be," Gary says.

The Christians believe Cobbins deserves much more than life in maximum security.

"The point is, he should have gotten the death sentence just like his brother, but that jury let us down," Deena Christian says.

As Letalvis Cobbins goes to sleep Monday night in his new maximum security home, the Christians say they still won't rest any easier.

"Our daughter won't walk through that door ever again," Deena says.

6 News Anchor/Reporter Jill McNeal contributed to this report.

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