DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware prosecutors dismissed all but three remaining cases Friday against inmate defendants charged in a deadly riot at the state's maximum-security prison.
Trial over Delaware prison riot ends with no convictions
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — The trial for four inmates charged with murder in a 2017 Delaware prison riot ended Monday with no convictions.
The Latest: DOC chief disappointed in prison riot verdict
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — The Latest on the verdicts of four inmates charged in the prison riot at Vaughn Correctional Center in February 2017 (all times local):
The commissioner of Delaware's Department of Correction says he's disappointed that a jury delivered no guilty verdicts against four inmates charged in the fatal prison uprising in February 2017.
Commissioner Perry Phelps said in news release Monday that the department is disappointed but respects the jury's decisions.
Jury begins deliberations in deadly prison riot trial
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A jury has begun deliberations in the second in a series of trials for inmates charged in a deadly Delaware prison riot.
News outlets report jurors began deliberations Tuesday afternoon. The four defendants in this trial — Obadiah Miller, John Bramble, Kevin Berry and Abednego Baynes — are charged with first-degree murder, assault, kidnapping, riot and conspiracy in the 2017 riot. Prison guard Steven Floyd was killed, and three other staffers were taken hostage.
Defense attorney questions evidence against his client
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — The defense attorney for one of four inmates charged in a deadly Delaware prison riot has argued the evidence against his client is the product of lying "snakes."
Prosecutors calls inmates on trial ‘soldiers’ in deadly riot
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A prosecutor called on jurors in the second in a series of trials for inmates charged in a deadly Delaware prison riot to find the four men on trial guilty of murder.
News outlets report that in closing arguments Monday, Deputy Attorney General John Downs characterized the 2017 riot as a "violent takeover, not a protest" gone wrong. Prison guard Steven Floyd was killed, and three other staffers were taken hostage.
20 inmates charged in November Larned prison riot
LARNED, Kan. (AP) — Twenty inmates at the Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility face felony charges after a riot at the prison in November.
Pawnee County Attorney Doug McNett charged the inmates after a state prison official completed an investigation of the Nov. 6 uprising. McNett said in a news release Wednesday the 20 inmates were primarily responsible for the riots.
Second trial begins for inmates in Delaware prison riot
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — The second in a series of trials for 18 inmates charged in a deadly Delaware prison riot began Monday with defense attorneys telling jurors that prosecutors will rely on testimony from convicted criminals who can't be trusted.
Execution date set for inmate convicted in prison riot
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court has set an execution date nearly five years in the future for an inmate sentenced to die in the slayings of fellow inmates during a 1993 prison riot.
Keith LaMar was convicted of aggravated murder in 1995 for the deaths of five inmates during a riot at the Southern Ohio Correctional Institution in Lucasville. He received the death penalty for four of the killings.
Senators criticize handling of Nebraska prison-riot report
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers blasted state corrections officials for withholding a less-than-flattering report about the causes of a deadly 2015 prison riot, even though one of the report's authors acknowledged Tuesday that it contained no sensitive information.
Bert Useem, a Purdue University sociologist who co-authored the report, told a legislative committee that he didn't understand why the report wasn't disclosed until last month, during a civil trial related to the riot.
2 inmates stabbed during Southern California prison riot
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Authorities say two inmates have been stabbed during a riot at a Southern California prison.
California correction officials say 20 to 25 prisoners began rioting late Monday morning in a yard at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility near San Diego.
Officials confirm suicide in death of prison riot suspect
DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware officials have confirmed that the death last month of an inmate who was charged in a fatal prison riot last year was a suicide.
Delaware's public safety department confirmed in an email Friday that 30-year-old Kelly Gibbs killed himself on Nov. 22, just days after pleading guilty to rioting, kidnapping and conspiracy in the February 2017 riot. Officials refused to disclose how Gibbs died.
Prison riot erupts in eastern Yemen
CAIRO (AP) — Riots have broken out in a government-run prison in Yemen's eastern city of Mukalla.
Gunfire rang out Tuesday from the Central Prison of Mukalla, where more than 100 inmates had been transferred from a detention center run by the United Arab Emirates at the nearby Riyan airport. The Associated Press has documented rampant abuses at the Riyan detention center.
Lawyer: Death of inmates in riot trial due to ongoing abuse
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A lawyer suing Delaware prison officials says ongoing abuse and neglect is to blame for the recent deaths of two inmates who witnessed a fatal prison riot last year.
Judge has conflict in Nebraska riot case, declares mistrial
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Testimony in a trial for a former Nebraska inmate's lawsuit against the state over a 2015 prison riot was cut short Wednesday, when a judge declared a mistrial after recusing himself.
Another inmate involved in Delaware prison riot has died
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — The Delaware Department of Correction says another inmate involved in a fatal prison riot last year has died.
The News Journal of Wilmington reports an agency statement that says 30-year-old Kelly Gibbs died Thursday morning. The statement says foul play isn't suspected. No other details have been released.
1 inmate found guilty of murder in Delaware prison riot
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — One of three inmates on trial for a deadly Delaware prison riot was found guilty of murder Tuesday, the first verdicts in a case that will involve 17 inmates over the next several months.
A New Castle County jury found Dwayne Staats, 37, guilty of felony first-degree murder, first-degree murder of a law enforcement officer, two counts of assault, four counts of kidnapping and second-degree conspiracy.
- Norfolk Daily NewsState senators criticize Corrections Director Scott Frakes for withholding report on deadly riotDecember 12, 2018
- Norfolk Daily NewsNebraska prisons chief says he withheld report on Tecumseh riot for safety reasonsDecember 12, 2018
- Beatrice Daily SunPrisons director provides written testimony on unreleased reportDecember 11, 2018
Jury deliberations set in trial over fatal prison riot
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Jurors are set to begin deliberating Friday in the trial of three Delaware inmates charged in a deadly prison riot.
The jury heard closing arguments Thursday in the trial of Jarreau Ayers and Dwayne Staats, both 37, and Deric Forney, 29. The three are the first among 17 inmates charged in the February 2017 riot to be tried. The others will be tried in groups over the next several months.
Inmate charged in fatal riot denies committing violence
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A Delaware inmate charged in a deadly prison riot testified Tuesday that he did not assault or kill anyone, and that he was expecting inmates to stage a peaceful protest about prison conditions.
Jarreau Ayers, who is acting as his own attorney, took the stand to give his account of what happened during the February 2017 riot at Delaware's maximum-security prison, where a guard was killed and three other staffers taken hostage.
Man called ‘mastermind’ of prison riot severed from trial
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A Delaware inmate accused by prosecutors of being the "mastermind" behind a deadly prison riot last year has been dismissed from a trial at which he and three other inmates were facing murder and kidnapping charges, a judge told jurors Tuesday.
Prison riot trial temporarily halted because of legal issues
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A judge has temporarily halted the trial of four inmates charged with murder, kidnapping and other crimes after a riot at Delaware's maximum-security prison that left a guard dead.
The trial was to have resumed Monday with testimony from a convicted murderer who defense attorneys say played a key role in the February 2017 uprising but was allowed to plead guilty to a single count of riot after agreeing to testify for the prosecution.
Defense says witness played major role in prison riot
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — The star prosecution witness in the trial of four Delaware inmates charged with murder, kidnapping and other crimes after a fatal prison riot played a key role in the disturbance and likely ordered the killing of a prison guard, a defense attorney claimed during opening statements Monday.
Jury selection complete in fatal prison riot prosecution
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Jury selection is complete in the trial of four Delaware inmates charged with murder, kidnapping and other crimes following a fatal prison riot.
With the process of picking jurors completed Thursday, opening statements and initial testimony are slated for Oct. 22.
The four defendants are among 18 inmates charged in the riot. One inmate has pleaded guilty and agreed to testify against the others, who will be tried in five separate groups.
APNewsBreak: Prison riot defendant pleaded guilty months ago
DOVER, Del. (AP) — A Delaware inmate who is a key prosecution witness in a deadly prison riot entered a guilty plea almost a year ago to charges stemming from the uprising, but the plea was not noted in court records until this week.
South Carolina editorial roundup
Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers:
The Post and Courier of Charleston on the deadly prison riot in April:
It's been more than five months since seven inmates were killed and 22 were injured in rioting at Lee prison, but no charges have been filed and there's not even an agreement on who will prosecute the cases. That's unacceptable.
Inmate convicted in Ohio prison riot fights execution date
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An inmate sentenced to die in the slayings of five fellow inmates during a 1993 prison riot in Ohio is fighting a prosecutor's request to set his execution date.
Lawyers for 49-year-old Keith LaMar told the Ohio Supreme Court on Thursday the only evidence against him came from inmates that authorities never corroborated and that further proof of his innocence was withheld.
The filing also challenges the death penalty as disproportionately affecting minorities. LaMar is black.
Execution date sought for convicted Ohio prison riot killer
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A prosecutor has asked the Ohio Supreme Court to set an execution date for an inmate sentenced to die in the slayings of five fellow inmates during a 1993 prison riot in Ohio.
Forty-nine-year-old Keith LaMar was convicted of aggravated murder in 1995 for the deaths of five inmates during an uprising at the Southern Ohio Correctional Institution at Lucasville. He received the death penalty for four of the five killings.
Judge lets ex-inmate’s prison riot lawsuit proceed
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A lawsuit filed by a former inmate who says he was traumatized by a deadly Nebraska prison riot will be allowed to proceed.
Judge John Colburn rejected a state bid to dismiss the lawsuit filed by John Wizinsky, according to Lancaster County District Court records. Colburn said in his ruling late last month that facts remaining in dispute should be resolved by trial. Court records don't show a trial date has been set.
Murder trial in 2017 Nebraska prison riot ends in mistrial
TECUMSEH, Neb. (AP) — A mistrial has been declared in the case against an inmate who had pleaded not guilty to murder in connection with a 2017 prison uprising in southeast Nebraska.
The trial of 27-year-old Eric Ramos ended Monday after the judge learned that three prison investigators, who are all witnesses in the case, met over the weekend in violation of a court order.
Brazil authorities try to end prison riot
SAO PAULO (AP) — Authorities are trying to negotiate an end to a prison uprising in southeastern Brazil.
The Sao Paulo State Prison Affairs Department says the uprising began Wednesday afternoon at the Felix Nobre de Campos prison in the city of Taubate.
The department's press office says inmates initially held 13 hostages, but gradually released most of them unharmed.
DOVER, Del. (AP) — Department of Correction officials say more than a dozen Delaware inmates charged in a fatal prison riot last year staged a brief hunger strike this week.
Officials say 14 inmates at Sussex Correctional Institute in Georgetown began refusing meals at breakfast on Monday.
Department spokeswoman Jayme Gravell said in an email Tuesday evening that the demonstration had ended, and that the all of the involved inmates had eaten and taken their medication as prescribed.
4 Fairbanks inmates convicted in 2017 prison riot
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Four prison inmates have been convicted of rioting at the Fairbanks Correctional Center.
The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported a Fairbanks jury on Monday afternoon convicted the men on felony counts of riot and criminal mischief. The initial report said five were convicted, but prosecutors say one of the men has yet to be tried.
HOCKESSIN, Del. (AP) — Patricia May had a feeling of dread when she reported to work at Delaware's maximum-security prison last year. For months, she'd worried about her safety after being assigned to C Building at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna.
As she walked to her office Feb. 1, 2017, the veteran Department of Correction counselor voiced her concerns to a colleague.
HOCKESSIN, Del. (AP) — Patricia May had a feeling of dread when she reported to work at Delaware's maximum-security prison last year.
For months, May had been concerned about her safety after being assigned to C Building at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna in late 2016.
As she walked to her office on Feb. 1, 2017, the veteran Department of Correction counselor voiced her concerns to a colleague.
California prison riot leaves 5 inmates injured
JAMESTOWN, Calif. (AP) — Officials say a riot at a California prison camp has left five inmates injured, including one with stab wounds.
State prison authorities say about 200 inmates rioted Friday in Facility A at the Sierra Conservation Center in the Sierra Nevada area.
A guard fired a warning shot and others used pepper-spray grenades and other less-than-lethal ammunition to quell the riot.
BAGHDAD (AP) — The local government of a Kurdish province in northern Iraq says seven inmates have died of asphyxia in a fire started as part of a prison riot instigated to cover a foiled breakout attempt.
It said in a statement Saturday that another 12 inmates were being treated for smoke inhalation.
Advocate: Shootout in Venezuelan prison kills 11
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Human rights advocates say 11 people died in a prison riot sparked by inmates who wrestled a gun from jailers, prompting an exchange of gunfire.
A Window on Liberty prisoner rights group reported Friday that two guards and nine inmates died Thursday in the city of Barquisimeto; 28 people were injured.
A Window to Freedom's director Carlos Nieto says jailers took back control of Fenix Penitentiary.
Utah Man Jailed In Venezuela Pleas For Freedom
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Another inmate stabbed during a prison riot that left seven inmates dead is suing the South Carolina Department of Corrections.
Media outlets reported 21-year-old Reakwon Latray Watson sued this week, about four weeks after the deadly riot at the Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville.
The lawsuit says Watson suffered about eight stab wounds after about 10 to 15 inmates ambushed him.
PHOENIX (AP) — Authorities investigating a riot two months ago at a southern Arizona prison that left one inmate dead have concluded the violence was triggered by perceptions that corrections officers had used excessive force in dealing with another inmate who was intoxicated and combative.
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A riot at a police detention center near Indonesia's capital left five officers and a prisoner dead and another officer held hostage Wednesday. The Islamic State group said its fighters were involved in the violence, which officials said was triggered by a dispute over food.
Negotiations were underway for the release of the hostage, said national police spokesman Muhammad Iqbal.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Two inmates injured in a deadly South Carolina prison riot have filed lawsuits accusing state officials of negligence in failing to hire, train or monitor enough officers to maintain order in one of its institutions.
Guatemalan prison riot leaves 7 dead, 25 injured
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Authorities in Guatemala say that a riot has left seven dead and 25 injured at an overcrowded prison in the country's south.
A spokesman for the country's penitentiary system confirmed the death toll in Thursday's riot in the city of Escuintla, adding that the injured had been taken to health centers. Rudy Esquivel said the preliminary finding was that the riot was a fight among prisoners.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — More than a dozen South Carolina corrections employees have pleaded not guilty to federal charges related to bribery and bringing contraband into the state's institutions, a case that was announced a week after a deadly prison riot.
Corrections officers charged with bribery, racketeering
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — More than a dozen South Carolina corrections employees pleaded not guilty Wednesday to federal charges related to bribery and bringing contraband into the state's institutions, a case that was announced a week after a deadly prison riot.
TECUMSEH, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say no injuries or damage have been reported following a brief disturbance at a prison in southeast Nebraska.
The Nebraska Correctional Services Department reports that 36 inmates had refused to return to their cells Saturday evening at the Tecumseh State Prison. It's unclear what led to the rebellious acts.
But the department says the prisoners were back in their cells by the time a prison riot response team entered the maximum security housing unit.
Judge dismisses lawsuit over 2015 Nebraska prison riot
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a Nebraska inmate's lawsuit alleging prison officials failed to protect him from gangs and fires in a 2015 riot that left two dead.
A federal judge has dismissed an inmate's lawsuit against prison officials over the deadly and destructive 2015 riot at Tecumseh State Correctional Institution, his 27-page order giving one of the most detailed accounts yet of what happened inside prison walls that day.
LUCASVILLE, Ohio (AP) — EDITOR'S NOTE — On April 11, 1993, Easter Sunday, about 450 prisoners in Cellblock L at the maximum-security Southern Ohio Correctional Facility started a riot that would become one of the longest in U.S. history. Over 11 days, nine inmates and a prison guard died.
Among contributing factors was a fear among Muslim inmates that prison officials were going to force them to be vaccinated for tuberculosis, which would have been a religious breach.