Sentencing for 3 Vaughn Inmates Involved in 2017 Prison Riot

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Three inmates have been sentenced for their roles in the 2017 Vaughn prison riot that resulted in the murder of Correctional Officer Lt. Steven Floyd.  Dwayne Staats was sentenced to 2 life sentences plus 153 years.  The 37 year old Staats was the only inmate found guilty of 2 counts of murder and other offenses. …

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State Not to Move Forward with Final Vaughn Prison Riot Trial

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With two defendants to stand trial in October in the Vaughn Prison Riot case, the State has opted NOT to move forward with further pending charges. The Department of Justice released this statement on the Vaughn trials: On the morning of February 2, 2017, a correctional officer was found dead – tragically and brutally murdered…

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DOJ to Try 3 in Remaining Vaughn Prison Trials

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Two criminal trials of defendants in the Vaughn Trials have resulted in just one conviction for murder.  State Prosecutors have evaluated the evidence against the remaining nine defendants and have notified the court that the State will only continue forward with charges against Roman Shankaras, Lawrence Michaels and Alejandro Rodriguez-Ortiz.  Shankaras will be tried in…

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Closing Arguments in 2nd Vaughn Trial Begin Monday

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Testimony has concluded in the second trial of suspects accused in the Vaughn Prison riot in February 2017.  Abednego Baynes, Kevin Berry, John Bramble and Obadiah Miller are each charged with 3 counts of 1st degree murder as well as multiple other offenses – including assault, riot and kidnapping.  During the prison riot, three correctional…

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Trial #2 in Vaughn Prison Riot Underway in Wilmington

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The trial for the second group of inmates involved in the Vaughn prison riot in February of 2017 got underway this morning in Wilmington.  A total of 18 jurors were chosen last week.  Abednego Baynes, Kevin Berry, John Bramble and Obadiah Miller are each charged with 3 counts of 1st degree murder as well as…

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Jury Selection for Group 2 in the Vaughn Uprising Begins Jan 7

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Jury selection begins at 10am Monday in Wilmington for the second group of defendants in prison uprising at the Vaughn Correctional Institution in February of 2017 that left Correctional Officer Lt. Steven Floyd dead and three others injured.  Abednego Baynes, Kevin Berry, John Bramble and Obadiah Miller are each charged with 3 counts of 1st…

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Next Vaughn Trial to Begin in Mid-January

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Jury selection for the next group of prisoners who allegedly took part in the prison riot at the Vaughn Correctional Center will begin on January 7th.  Obadiah Miller, John Bramble, Kevin Berry and Abednego Baynes will be tried for their rolls in the riot and kidnapping of 4 correctional officers which led to the death…

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Judge Working to Set Start Date of 2nd Vaughn Trial

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The first of multiple trials for three of the defendants involved in the prison riot at the Vaughn Correctional Institution in February of 2017 ended last week.   Officials in the Attorney General’s office tell WGMD that Judge Carpenter is working with counsel to determine the start date and defendants who will be tried in the…

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UPDATED: Verdict in Vaughn Trial – One Guilty of Murder

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UPDATED – 4:55pm – After nearly three days of deliberations, the jury in the trial of three inmates charged in the deadly Vaughn prison riot has reached a verdict.  According to the News Journal, Dwayne Staats was found guilty of 1st degree murder of Correctional Officer Lt. Steven Floyd and other charges.  Jarreau Ayers was…

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