Natchez, Miss. Gerson Benavides, age 30, Joel Oswaldo Ramirez-Nunez, 33, Humberto Cuellar, 41 Hiasom Ali, 36, Raybel Granillo, 29, Margarito Munoz-Astello, 37, Ricardo Quintana, 27, Ruben Coronado-Licon, 22, and Bertil James, 38, pleaded guilty on March 11, 2014 before Senior U.S. District Judge David C. Bramlette III, to one (1) count of Rioting in a Federal Correctional Facility, announced U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis and FBI Special Agent in Charge Daniel McMullen.
The offense occurred on May 20, 2012 at the Adams County Correctional Center. During the riot, several correctional officers were assaulted and one Correctional Officer (CO) died as a result of injuries he received during these assaults. Other COs were taken captive and held hostage for several hours by participants in the riot. Total damage to ACCC was estimated to be $1,305,142.00.
The defendants were serving federal prison sentences at the prison. All of the defendants with the exception of Ali and James are citizens Mexico. Ali and James are citizens of Egypt and Trinidad and Tobago, respectively. Each defendant faces a maximum prison sentence of ten years, fine of $250,000.00 and supervised release term of 3 years. The defendants will be sentenced on May 29 and June 12, 2014.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with assistance from the Adams County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Pat Lemon is prosecuting the case.