Facebook has deactivated the page of a convicted murderer who had access to a BlackBerry in his Oklahoma prison because it violated the social network's policy.
"In Oklahoma, it is against the law to possess a cell phone in jail," Facebook spokesman Andrew Noyes told ABC News today. "Since his activity was unlawful in that state, we disabled the profile yesterday."
Facebook shut down Justin Walker's page Wednesday after ABC News reported on how the prisoner, incarcerated for murdering a sheriff in 2006, had managed to update his Facebook account from behind bars with photographs and complaints about prison life.
Cathy Lawrence, the mother of the man whom Walker killed, said Wednesday that she was furious to learn that he was able to get a BlackBerry in his cell and has been corresponding with friends and posting photos on Facebook.
"It probably wouldn't be printable what I think about Justin Walker having a cell phone in prison," Lawrence said from her home in Bristow, Okla. "I feel like he's allowed to keep on living his life and he deprived my son of his life and his four children of a father.
"It's insulting that Walker would do something like that," she added.
Walker, 32, was convicted in April 2006 of murder in the second degree after striking a plea deal in the death of Pawnee County Sheriff Dwight Woodrell Jr., who was shot and killed Oct. 13, 2001, while investigating a burglary.
Walker and his co-defendant, James Craig Taylor, reportedly sang the song "I Shot the Sheriff" after committing the crime. Taylor was sentenced to life in prison for his role in the crime.
Earlier this week, prison officials were notified by a local television station that Walker had managed to maintain a Facebook page from inside his cell at Oklahoma State Reformatory. He has since been transferred to a more secure prison block.
His Facebook account chronicles his friendships with people on the outside as well as his life behind bars.
Now on his fifth year in prison, Walker has been on Facebook since at least November, according to his page, which is registered under the name "Jus N Walk."
Some of Walker's updates complain about prison life. One status update posted on Nov. 16 reads, "Didn't get to go to canteen again." Later that same day, Walker ranted about the long shower lines.
On Nov. 13, Walker simply posted, "Chillin out."
There are also photographs on the site that show Walker posing with his cellmate and ones of him showing off his tattoos.
Others, which have since been removed from the site but were reported on by FOX23 in Oklahoma, showed Walker with marijuana and a shank, a homemade weapon.
Those images and the discovery that Walker had a cell phone behind bars could extend his already three decade-long sentence, according to prison officials.
"He got transferred that same day we found out about [the phone] to our maximum security prison," said Oklahoma Department of Corrections public information officer Jerry Massie. "He's now on administrative segregation, which is basically a 23-hour lockdown, at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary while we go through an internal disciplinary process."
"We did find the cell phone and some marijuana," said Massie. "We haven't gotten any reports on whether a charger for the phone was found."