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Delaware DoJ: Vaughn Indictment Expected in Next '90 Days'

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DOVER, Del. -- Delaware's Department of Justice said on Monday it expects to present an indictment to a grand jury in the next 90 days in connection to the February inmate uprising at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center near Smyrna, which saw the death of a correctional officer.

Carl Kanefesky, a spokesman for the attorney general's office, said the investigation has been complicated by "unique challenges," like the fact that many witnesses are incarcerated, and a thorough investigation would ensure those responsible for the hostage situation and death of correctional officer Steven Floyd would be held accountable.

"While prosecutors and investigators will continue to gather evidence, we expect to present an indictment to a New Castle County Grand Jury for consideration within the next 90 days," he said.

The news comes more than six months after the hostage situation at Delaware's only maximum security prison. To date, no charges have been announced in connection with the incident, which included a lengthy standoff that began after inmates seized control of Building C at Vaughn.

Two other correctional officers and a prison counselor were also held hostage during the incident. The COs were released while the counselor was recovered after law enforcement stormed the Building C on Feb. 2.

Officials said Floyd was found dead after Building C was breached and law enforcement retook control of the building.

Gov. John Carney and officials with the union for correctional officers in Delaware have admitted some disappointment and concern with the lack of charges, despite a desire to see those responsible for Floyd's death brought to justice.

 

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