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13 Wake Inmates Charged in Jail Riot

Posted July 18, 2007

— Thirteen inmates have been charged in connection with attacks on three detention officers after a riot at the Wake County Jail late Tuesday night.

The incident was still under investigation Wednesday, but authorities said the riot apparently began when two inmates, identified as Renaldo Luis Negron, 24, of Raleigh, and Idriese Sabour Turner, 18, became upset about laundry service and assaulted a detention officer.

"When they're confined, their tempers just get the best of them," Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison said. "They can't have the best of two worlds. This is not a hotel."

Kenneth Ackerman was transported to WakeMed with minor injuries and later released. Arrest warrants indicate he received eye injuries, cuts and bruises to the face.

Two other officers, Michael Hayes and Lonnie Johnson, were struck in the face and body while attempting to break up the fight, but did not require medical treatment, according to warrants.

Ackerman has been with the Wake County Sheriff's Office for six months, Hayes for 18 months and Johnson for 18 years.

Others charged include: Cedric Tyler Armstrong, 22, of Zebulon; Reginald Glenn Badgett, 22, of Raleigh; Andrew Deshwan Canty, 20, of Clayton; Jason Lameek Chandler, 19, of Raleigh; Kwesi Nuchrim Holloway, 34, of Raleigh; William Henry Holloway Jr., 32, of Raleigh; Demetrius Lee Morgan, 18, of Raleigh; Christopher Lee Shire, 33, of Raleigh; and Jamal Lamont Sims, 19, of Zebulon.

Each inmate faces one count of felony rioting and three counts of assault on a government official. A bond of $35,000 has been set for each inmate.

Two other inmates also face charges. One is a federal prisoner being held temporarily at the center, and it was not immediately clear what charges the other inmate faces.

There were 41 people in the eighth floor cell block, which is made to hold 24 people, and four detention officers working the floor. Seventeen of the inmates were temporarily sleeping on the floor because of construction on the fifth and sixth floors of the jail.

But it was still too early to determine whether overcrowding was a factor in the riot, Harrison said. He said he would also review safety procedures.

"There may be something I need to change, but right now, I don't see where I'll be making drastic changes," Harrison said.

Overcrowding has long been a problem at the jail – it was at its capacity of about 480 on Tuesday with 577 inmates – but Harrison said the situation has improved since an jail annex with 416 beds opened on Hammond Road in May 2006.

The annex, however, is not a maximum-security facility, meaning only inmates facing certain misdemeanor charges are held there. The Wake County Jail is the only maximum-security facility in the county, Harrison said.

Andrew Canty was in the jail because he is accused in a high-profile murder case of conspiring with a woman in the Dec. 18, 2005, death of her husband, a Naval reservist who had recently returned from Iraq.

Canty's trial is scheduled to begin Aug. 20. Wake County Assistant District Attorney Susan Spurlin said the riot should not affect his trial.


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  • iamforjustice Jul 20, 2007

    They are very nice looking men. I will pray for them. Stop hating on them and learn to love. U people are very vindictive.

  • SpunkyGrits The One and Only Jul 19, 2007

    Can someone tell me why these guys look happy?

  • mindyourown Jul 19, 2007

    NOW THERE'S A PACK OF NICE'NS!!!!!!!! Bunch of loser, no good, thugs, look at them, there's Useless, Worthless and Hopeless right there on the front page!!!

  • teecup Jul 19, 2007

    Hmm, sounds like somebody had too much starch in their shorts.

  • SpunkyGrits The One and Only Jul 19, 2007

    One of the other stories disclosed the name of a perp as "TunaFish". Man, does that name scare me; I bet he hangs out with Charlie the Tuna.

  • Sessy - Italiana Jul 19, 2007

    One word "LOOSERS" !!!!!

  • decsol Jul 19, 2007

    The jails are overcrowded & they need extra manpower there. Definately No way should they be forgiven. Its not a little spat. Its assualt on an officer. If the county would hire more officers to work then officers would not get hurt as often. I know, my husband used to work there. Those officers who got hurt are our friends. They wear paper clothes when they are on watch to keep them from hurting themself, other inmates, & officers. Normal clothes can be twisted & tied to hang someone or to strangle. The detention officers actually have a harder job than police officers. They only have their hands to protect themself & handcuffs. Not all of them carry batons or pepper spray. And putting inmates to sleep is not very ethical. They are there being help for transporation or for court. Please educate yourself before you speak & know both sides of the story BEFORE forming you ''opinions''.

  • The DA Jul 19, 2007

    Most prisons and jails' staff are outnumbered. These gangs are going to be doing more of this type thing. You watch and see. More officers would take the jobs if the pay wasn't so bad. Easley hear my cry" give the DOC more money instead of the teachers for a change"

  • Tackman792000 Jul 19, 2007

    Rev FB, you nailed the point on the head!

  • Uncle Ruckus Jul 19, 2007

    I am surprise that the ACLU hasn't shown up on the criminals behalf.