Sixteen inmates face first-degree murder charges in the death of a corrections officer. Inmates took control of a building and held employees hostage.
A Delaware grand jury indicted 18 prisoners for the February takeover of a state prison. The 18-hour siege resulted in the death of a Department of Corrections officer, the Wilmington News Journal reports. Sixteen inmates face first-degree murder charges. “This was an extremely important and time-consuming investig tion that involved unique challenges,” said Delaware Attorney General Matt Denn. The standoff at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center near Smyrna, De., started the morning of February 1, when inmates took control of a building and held officers, a counselor and possibly other prisoners hostage.
It lasted into the early hours of the next day, when authorities crashed through a wall of the building. They found the body of Lt. Steven Floyd, who had been one of the captives. The others had been released. All of the roughly 120 inmates who were in the building when the standoff commenced initially were considered to be suspects. Eleven of the 18 inmates charged are serving time on murder or manslaughter convictions.