Well, if you are a relative, you can actually call up to the prison/jail and find out information. You could also find out information from the attorney or public defender that represented the convicted. Better yet, if you have the name of the facility that they were taken to, you can call and speak to the officer on duty or you can actually look it up on line in a search engine and pull up the inmate roster which will have their department of corrections number and their charges and in most cases a picture of the individual. You can even google the county newspaper that the convicted was in during the trial, they usually put the verdict in there or just google the persons name online. You can also, even if you are not a family member, call the parole board or contact a relative that knows the convicted and get info that way. Most times, anyone who is incarcerated for ANY reason has a public record that can be found fairly easily and usually all you need is the first and last name and the county which the crime accord. Sometimes you need their age or birthdate or race but not often.