Nov 25, 78 • 0405 • Georgetown-State • 3932

[Editor’s note: This document was released both as a State Department cable as part of its 1981 FOIA release, and as Serial 420 of the FBI’s RYMUR release.

[The State Department FOIA release of 1981 made several deletions in this cable. The FBI subsequently released some information – denoted below in red type – but two paragraphs continue to be withheld. They are noted in green type.]

R 250405Z NOV 78
FM AMEMBASSY GEORGETOWN
TO SECSTATE WASHDC 8200
UNCLAS GEORGETOWN 3932
E.O. 11652: N/A
TAGS: CARR CASC LAYTON, LAWRENCE [Laurence] JOHN
SUBJECT: W/W [WHEREABOUTS/WELFARE] -ARRESTS: LAWRENCE JOHN LAYTON (AKA LARRY LAYTON)
REF: GEORGETOWN 3885

ARREST REPORT UPDATE

1. LAYTON, LAWRENCE JOHN

3. POB GREENBELT, MARYLAND

4. PPT [PASSPORT] # UNKNOWN; ISSUED SAN FRANCISCO CA

5. VISTA MONT [MONTE] AVENUE (HOUSE NUMBER UNKNOWN) BERKELY [BERKELEY] CA

6. 18 NOVEMBER 1978

7. ACCORDING TO SUBJECT, “CONFUSED”

8. 5 COUNTS MURDER, 3 COUNTS ATTEMPTED MURDER

9. CAMP STREET PRISON, GEORGETOWN

12M[.] LIFE IMPRISONMENT/EXECUTION BY HANGING. NOTE: PER PRISON DIRECTOR FRANCE, IT IS POSSIBLE TO OBTAIN RELEASE FOR GOOD

UNCLASSIFIED
UNCLASSIFIED
PAGE 02 GEORGE 03932 260313Z

BEHAVIOR AFTER 5 YEARS SERVING A LIFE SENTENCE. ALSO PER MR. FRANCE, THE DEATH PENALTY HAS NOT BEEN EXERCISED SINCE 1970, ALTHOUGH ITS EXERCISE IS POSSIBLE UNDER STATUTE.

13. NO

14. YES: LAYTON FAMILY

[PARAGRAPHS 15 AND 16 DELETED]

17M[.] 24 NOVEMBER 1978; VISITED BY CONFFS [CONSULAR OFFICERS] ELLICE AND ENGLISH

18. NONE YET

19. NONE ALLEGED

22. NO

24. DEPARTMENT SHOULD NOTIFY LAYTON FAMILY. ADDRESS GIVEN IN NO. 15.

BURKE [JOHN BURKE, U.S. AMBASSADOR TO GUYANA]

Originally posted on March 3rd, 2020.

Last modified on July 24th, 2022.
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