COLUMBIA, SC (AP) – A South Carolina sheriff’s department has laid charges against two inmates after a prison riot in which two guards were taken hostage and injured.
Jujuan Council, 23, and Anthony Blakney, 32, have been charged with first-degree assault, kidnapping and rioting, The State newspaper reported on Saturday.
The Richland County Sheriff’s Department said additional charges could be filed as an investigation continues into Friday morning’s riot at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.
Inmates attacked two officers and destroyed much of a unit housing around 50 inmates before a special team of officers “used a show of force” to end the riot, Sheriff Leon Lott said during of a press conference on Friday.
The two policemen were hospitalized with injuries that are not life threatening. No inmate was injured, the sheriff said.
Investigators were trying to determine how many of the 50 inmates in the group were involved in the riot, Lott said.
Prison staff called a response team, which ended the riot without attacking inmates or using tear gas. MPs ordered everyone back to their cells and then started taking them individually to another wing of the prison, Lott said.
The state said court records show Council was jailed in 2019 at the detention center pending trial for murder. He also has outstanding charges of domestic violence, possession of weapons in a violent crime and failure to stop for police. In 2016, the Council pleaded guilty to kidnapping and robbery.
Blakney was jailed in 2019 awaiting trial for armed robbery and shoplifting, court records show, the newspaper reported. He is also charged with kidnapping in another case, domestic violence, armed robbery, possession of a stolen weapon, conspiracy and removal of an ankle tracking monitor. In 2008, Blakney pleaded guilty to burglary and petty theft, according to court records. He pleaded guilty to breaking and entering a vehicle in 2012 and to a multitude of gun charges in 2013. In 2017, a judge found him guilty of disorderly driving.
Council and Blakney could each face more than 50 years in prison if found guilty of the most recent charges.
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