Judge Reschedules Prison Riot Sentencing

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Jackson, Miss. A federal judge has rescheduled the sentencing hearings for two men convicted of participating in a deadly prison riot in Mississippi last year.

Marco Perez-Serrano, also known as Jesus Fernando Ochoa, and Yoany Oriel Serrano-Bejarano had both been scheduled for sentencing Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Natchez. Their sentencing hearings are now set for Feb. 25.

Investigators say Perez-Serrano was the first inmate to attack correction officer Catlin Carithers during the riot at the privately run Adams County Correctional Facility in Natchez on May 20, 2012.

Court records say prisoners took food service carts from the dining hall and kitchen and stacked them up to climb onto the roof where Carithers was beaten to death.

Court records say Serrano-Bejarano helped hold the food carts for other inmates.

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