The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

Local News

November 23, 2007

Donna Moonda moved to low-security Connecticut. prison

Donna J. Moonda is settling into her new home — the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Conn.

The prison is one of only four federal correctional institutions that exclusively house women, according to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons Web site. Before her assignment to Danbury, Mrs. Moonda had been housed in northeastern Ohio county jails and stayed briefly in an administrative prison in Oklahoma City.

Mrs. Moonda, 48, formerly of Hermitage, was sentenced to life in prison for hiring her lover, Damian R. Bradford, 26, of Beaver County, to kill her husband, Dr. Gulam H. Moonda.

Bradford shot Dr. Moonda on May 13, 2005, in an emergency pull-off along the Ohio Turnpike in Cuyahoga County.

Mrs. Moonda has appealed her conviction and sentence.

During her trial, there was testimony that Mrs. Moonda would be housed in a high-security prison because of the severity of the offenses for which she was convicted, including murder for hire.

The Bureau of Prisons Web site lists Danbury as a low-security prison.

“We always house inmates at facilities that are appropriate for their security level,” said bureau spokeswoman Felicia Ponce.

Mrs. Moonda, assigned the register number 55165-060, joins a population of 1,191, as of a census taken last week.

The prison also is home to a 191-inmate minimum-security camp.

Bradford, serving a 17è-year sentence, is housed in the high-security U.S. Penitentiary Big Sandy in Inez, Ky., which houses 1,484 men.

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