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Death Row Information

Inmate Information

Picture of Inmate Name Elroy Chester
TDCJ Number 999280
Date of Birth 6/14/1969
Date Received 9/26/1998
Age (when Received) 29
Education Level (Highest Grade Completed) 12
Date of Offense 2/6/1998
  Age (at the time of Offense) 28
  County Jefferson
  Race Black
  Gender Male
  Hair Color Black
  Height (in Feet and Inches) 5′ 10″
  Weight (in Pounds) 160
  Eye Color Brown
  Native County Jefferson
  Native State Texas

Prior Occupation

Prior Prison Record
10 year sentence from Jefferson County for 1 count of Burglary of a Building; 13 year sentence from Jefferson County for 1 county of Burglary of a Habitation and 2 counts of Burglary of a Building (served 13 year sentence concurrent with 10 year sentence). Released on Parole to Jefferson County on 2/13/1990. Returned as a Parole Violator on 1/11/1994. Released on Mandatory Supervision to Jefferson County on 3/21/1997.

Summary of Incident
On February 6, 1998, in Port Arthur, Chester broke into the residence of Kim Ryman Deleon. Chester raped her 14 year old and 16 year old daughters. Willie Ryman III (uncle to the girls) entered the home and was shot and killed by Chester. Chester took jewelry from the home and fled the scene. While in police custody, Chester confessed to this crime, two other murders, and three attempts to commit capital murder. Chester stated that he committed these offenses because he was out his mind "with hate for white people" due to a disagreement with a white staff member over a disciplinary report during a previous TDCJ incarceration.


Race and Gender of Victim
White male