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Undocumented Mexican Inmates in MS Prison Riot: The Associated Press reports as many as 300 undocumented Mexican inmates, convicted of crimes in the U.S., rioted at the privately-run Adams County Correctional Facility in Mississippi on May 20, killing one guard, injuring 20 others, and causing an estimated $1.3M in damages. The riot is said to have started over disrespectful guards, as well as poor food and medical care. The leaders of the riot demanded from the warden a list of grievances. Until met, rioting inmates were told to disobey the prison staff and to destroy the prison if anyone tried to stop them. The inmates also picked up and hurled tear gas canisters back at guards, looted, and took hostages. An FBI affidavit was filed in the U.S. District Court in Jackson charging one inmate with rioting.

5 GA Prisoners Charged in Inmate Killing: David Ibata of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, with contribution from the Associated Press, reports five inmates at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson threw a fellow inmate, Laderick Cornellius Chappel, from the second story of a prison dormitory Thursday night at 11pm, right before lock up. Chappel died from the fall Friday morning. The five inmates, armed with shanks, had robbed Chappel of food he bought from the prison store.  When Cappel confronted the inmates they threw him off the second floor. The five inmates have been charged with murder and armed robbery.

DE Death Penalty Affirmed: Esteban Parra of the News Journal reports the Delaware Supreme Court affirmed the conviction and death sentence of Derrick Powell in fatally shooting Georgetown police officer Chad Spicer, 29, who left behind a fiancee and young daughter. On September 1, 2009, Powell, with two others, left a McDonald's after gunshots were reported. Officer Spicer, accompanied by Cpl. Shawn Brittingham, pursued Powell in their vehicle. After both cars crashed, Powell shot Spicer in an attempt to escape. Brittingham was wounded by a bullet fragment. One of the men in the car with Powell got out of the vehicle and helped the officers, while the other fled and was arrested 3 days later. Both men testified against Powell in court. Supported by a 7-5 jury vote, Superior Court Judge T. Henley Graves gave Powell the death sentence on May 20, 2010.

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