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Brawl in Cook County Jail leads to 16 indictments

16 inmates face charges after brawl at Chicago maximum security prison

Sixteen inmates were indicted on “mob action” charges after a fight broke out in the Cook County Jail’s maximum security division on February 16, the sheriff’s department said in a statement. Two inmates were taken to area hospitals following the
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Sixteen inmates were indicted on “mob action” charges after a fight broke out in the Cook County Jail’s maximum security division on February 16, the sheriff’s department said in a statement. Two inmates were taken to area hospitals following the

A fight in the maximum security wing of the Cook County Jail ended with 16 inmates charged with mob action.

Security cameras caught two minutes of inmates fighting each other before corrections officers broke up the fight. While a few inmates appeared to simply be watching from a safer position by the walls, others struck hard blows, including one inmate who punched another in the back of the head hard enough to knock him to the ground, apparently stunned or unconscious.

When officers rushed in, most inmates appeared to sit down with their hands up, while a few kept fighting.

The fight took place at about 9:30 p.m. Feb. 16, according to ABC News. Two inmates were treated at a hospital for wounds, including stab wounds, while others were treated at the jail. No injuries were life-threatening, according to the Cook County Sheriff’s Office.

A homemade weapon was found after the fight, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Those indicted by the grand jury were: Breily Sotomayor, 24; Richard Duncan, 20; Javonte Daniels, 19; Eddie Howlett, 25; Miguel Webster, 23; Matthew Cobbs, 24; Garlin Minor, 24; Robert Morales, 28; Sylvester White, 23; Eugene Spencer, 26; Larry Woods, 39; James Ford, 29; James Wilson, 34; Nicacio Munoz, 28; Antonio Davis, 28 and Devonte Marsh, 22, according to the Daily Herald.

Elizabeth Donald: 618-239-2507, @BNDedonald

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