Two Sentenced for Participating in Riot

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Jackson, Miss.

Two people indicted for their roles in a Natchez prison riot that resulted in the death of a guard have been sentenced in federal court in Jackson.

Forty-two-year-old Carlos Flores and 29-year-old Yoany Oriel Serrano-Bejarano were charged with conspiring to cause a riot at the privately-run Adams County Correctional Center in May 2012.

Flores pleaded guilty in May. He was sentenced Thursday by U.S. District Judge David Bramlette III to 74 months in prison.

Serrano-Bejarano pleaded guilty in February. Bramlette sentenced him to 72 months.

Each also was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $1.3 million. Neither was charged in the guard's death.

During the riot, several corrections officers were assaulted and one officer, Catlin Carithers, died from injuries he received. Other guards were held hostage for hours.


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