ALIAS: D.B. Cooper
BACK NUMBER: 21562
LOCATION: General Population, A-Wing, Cell 13
CRIME: Aggravated Vehicular Hijacking, Vehicular Invasion, Involuntary Manslaughter and Reckless Homicide
SENTENCE: Sixty years to life
TIME LEFT ON SENTENCE: The rest of his natural life
ELIGIBLE FOR PAROLE IN: Twenty six years
Charles Westmoreland is one of Fox River's longest tenured inmates, currently serving his twenty eighth year.
Westmoreland was originally tried and convicted in Douglas, Arizona and served the first two years of his sentence in the Arizona State Prison at Florence. Because of budget restraints, Arizona had to outsource some of its inmates to other states. As a result, Westmoreland was transferred to Fox River in 1973.
Immediately upon his incarceration in Arizona, there were whispers that Westmoreland was, in fact, the legendary plane hijacker DB Cooper. In 1971, Cooper notoriously held a 727 full of passengers ransom until he was paid $1.5 million, then parachuted from the plane into the woods of the Pacific Northwest, never to be seen again. While there was never enough proof to indict Westmoreland for Cooper's crime, there was just enough circumstantial evidence to suspect him. And that suspicion followed him to Fox River.
It isn't easy to be an inmate whom others suspect to be a millionaire. Other prisoners constantly harass him. He's been threatened, assaulted, one time he suffered a broken nose from another inmate who tried to extort money from him. In recent years, the physical threats have subsided. Part of that has to do with his advanced age. But after three decades of steadfast denials, many inmates have come to the simple conclusion that Charles Westmoreland is not, in fact, D.B. Cooper.