Former Fresno police Deputy Chief Keith Foster, who is spending his first week at the federal prison in Florence, Colorado, is now a neighbor of some of the nation’s most notorious criminals.
Foster was sentenced in November to four years in prison on charges of conspiring to peddle heroin and marijuana while working as one of the city’s top low enforcement officials. He surrendered to authorities at the prison on Jan. 20 to begin serving his term.
His home for the next few years will be on Colorado’s front range, about a two-hour drive south from Denver. Florence, with a population of just under 4,000, is nestled on the high plains of Colorado at an elevation of just under a mile above sea level.
Foster is unlikely to ever come into contact with the infamous inmates at the prison, as they are housed in the facility’s “Supermax” unit. They are:
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▪ Ramzi Yousef, 49, convicted of being the architect of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, when thousands of pounds of explosive hidden in a rented truck were detonated under the North Tower of the structures. The explosion was intended to send the buildings crashing to the ground. Six people were killed, but the structures remained standing. Yousef was arresed in 1995 in Pakistan and returned to the U.S. where he was convicted of the bombing and sentenced to life in prison.
▪ Terry Nichols, 62, convicted of the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah federal building in Oklahoma City that killed 168 people and injured hundreds more. The blast was detonated by a truck bomb left in front of the structure by Timothy McVeigh, who was executed for the crime in 2001. Nichols was sentenced to life in prison.
▪ Theodore Kaczynski, 75, known as the “Unabomber,” convicted of a series of bombings between 1978 and 1995 that killed three people and injured 23 others. A mathematical prodigy who abandoned society to live a primitive lifestyle in rural Montana, Kaczynski was arrested in 1996 at his cabin and sentenced to life in prison.
▪ Faisal Shahzad, 40, sentenced to life in prison after he was convicted of a May 1, 2010 attempted car bombing in New York City’s Times Square. He was arrested 53 hours after the botched attack while trying to board an jet to Dubai. A Pakistani-American, Shahzad’s destination was Islamabad, Pakistan.
▪ Eric Robert Rudolph, 51, handed multiple life terms for the bombing at the Olympics in Atlanta in 1996 that killed one person and injured more than 100 others. Rudolph also admitted bombing two other locations in Georgia and one in Alabama, one of which killed a police officer.
▪ Robert Hanssen, 73, a former FBI agent convicted of spying for the former Soviet Union. Considered one of the most damaging double agents in American history, Hanssen turned over thousands of classified documents to Moscow. He is also serving a life term.