Inmate Sentenced in Deadly Prison Riot

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A Mexican man has been sentenced to 40 months in prison for his role in a prison riot in Mississippi in which one guard was killed and 20 people were injured.

Juan Lopez-Fuentes pleaded guilty in August to participating in the May 20 riot at the privately-run Adams County Correctional Facility in Natchez.

The prison holds illegal immigrants convicted of crimes in the United States.

Lopez-Fuentes was sentenced Monday in federal court in Natchez.

Lopez-Fuentes was charged with leading a group of inmates who took hostages in one section of the prison. Authorities say he forced one of the hostages to relay orders for tactical teams to drop their weapons and back off.

Lopez-Fuentes was serving time for two previous felonies and was facing deportation.