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Prison fights attributed to race-based gang tension

Ponca City Now - September 16, 2019 3:10 pm

OKLAHOMA CITY — Fights broke out at a half dozen facilities over the weekend, sending dozens of inmates to hospitals and leaving one inmate dead.

The altercations began Saturday evening at Northeast Oklahoma Correctional Center in Vinita. Seven inmates there were treated and released from an area hospital. One inmate was admitted to another area hospital.

Sunday afternoon, a fight broke out in the yard in front of the dining area at William S. Key Correctional Center in Fort Supply. Five inmates were treated and released from area hospitals. One inmate was admitted to an area hospital.

Two inmates at Dick Conner Correctional Center in Hominy were admitted to an area hospital. One inmate there died on scene.

Similar incidents took place at North Fork Correctional Center in Sayre, Mack Alford Correctional Center in Stringtown, and Lawton Correctional Facility, a private prison operated by GEO Group.

Several correctional officers also received non-life threatening injures trying to stop the fights.

Agents with the department’s Office of the Inspector General, Office of Fugitive Apprehension and Investigations, and Security Threats Intelligence, as well as correctional staff at the six facilities, are working to identify the inmates involved. Agents will develop cases on those identified as part of the homicide and the other serious assaults to present to district attorneys for prosecution.

Below is a list of inmates injured.

Individuals designated as an inmate’s emergency contact can contact the facilities where their inmate is housed for more information.

Northeast Oklahoma Correctional Center inmates injured
Jerry Acree – No. 225111 – treated and returned to facility
Dustin Sanders – No. 785299 – treated and returned to facility
Timothy B. Davidson – No. 501819 – admitted to area hospital
Russell E. Smith – No. 131628 – treated and returned to facility
Tommy J. Stevens, Jr. – No. 467369 – treated and returned to facility
Andrew K. Thome – No. 527345 – treated and returned to facility
Derrick G. Morton – No. 515477 – treated and returned to facility
Leon W. Noel – No. 193388 – treated and returned to facility

Mack Alford Correctional Center inmates injured
Antonio W. Sells – No. 448149 – treated and returned to facility
Cameron J. Whitlock – No. 832153 – treated and returned to facility
Jamie L. Younger – No. 726041 – treated and returned to facility

Dick Conner Correctional Center inmates injured
Unidentified deceased inmate – name withheld pending next-of-kin notification
Nicholas C. Baptist – No. 840796 – admitted to an area hospital
Mitchell C. Jordan – No. 518528 – admitted to area hospital

William S. Key Correctional Center inmates injured
James L. Maddox – No. 643473 – admitted to a state hospital
Dustin L. Beshears – No. 628694 – treated and returned to facility
Jache P. Willard – No. 751448 – treated and returned to facility
Justin L. Ross – No. 665132 – treated and returned to facility
Logan D. Ward – No. 693070 – treated and returned to facility
Taylor C. Sandman – No. 760495 – treated and returned to facility
Matthew K. Schwarz – No. 715515 – treated at the facility
Bennie F. Withrow IV – No. 511655 – treated at the facility
Dominick J. Beach – No. 732249 – treated at facility

North Fork Correctional Center inmates injured
Jared K. Cruce – No. 454513 – admitted to a state hospital
Quentin J. Williams – No. 250945 – treated and returned to facility
Harold R. Hass – No. 672716 – treated and returned to facility
Jon R. Frick – No. 710217 – treated and returned to facility
Michael W. Laird – No. 213253 – admitted to an area hospital
Sedric Fulcher II – No. 710806 – treated and returned to facility

Lawton Correctional Facility inmates injured
Eric J. Fuller – No. 216967 – admitted to a state hospital
Frankie Stutchman – No. 635497 – admitted to area hospital
Artoney J. Reese – No. 673950 – treated and returned to facility
Russell T. Ermeling – No. 739557 – treated and returned to facility
Robert M. Glasser II – No. 657000 – admitted to area hospital
Michael E. O’Neil II – No. 709044 – treated at the facility
Joseph D. Corley – No. 244999 – treated at the facility
Jason A. Russell – No. 543208 – treated at the facility

 

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