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Updated: Delaware Inmates Sentenced in Correctional Officer's Killing During Riot

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The James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna, Del. is shown Feb. 1, 2017, the date when a deadly inmate riot started. (Photo: AP) The James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna, Del. is shown Feb. 1, 2017, the date when a deadly inmate riot started. (Photo: AP)
WILMINGTON, Del. (WBOC/AP)- Three Delaware inmates have been sentenced for their roles in the death of a correctional officer during a riot.
           

Self-proclaimed ringleader Dwayne Staats, 37, was sentenced Friday to two life terms for the murder of correctional officer Lt. Steven Floyd. Staats, who is already serving life for murder, received another 153 years for assault and kidnapping.           

Jarreau Ayers, 38, also serving life for murder, was sentenced to 123 years for kidnapping, assault and riot.           

Star prosecution witness Royal Downs, 54, was sentenced to three years for riot. The judge said that sentence will be served after the former Baltimore gang leader finishes a life sentence for murder in Maryland.

“We are grateful for the hard work that prosecutors, investigators and staff did to find those responsible for the riot and to present the strongest case that the state could under tremendously difficult circumstances," said Delaware Attorney General Kathy Jennings in a statement.

Floyd was killed and two other correctional officers beaten and tormented in the February 2017 riot at the WBOC. A female counselor was held hostage for nearly 20 hours before being rescued.

 

 
 

 

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