14 charged in connection with the July 28 riot at Cascade County jail
Charges have been filed against 14 people in connection with the July 28 at the Cascade County Adult Detention Center.
The following have been charged:
- Jory James Alexander: riot, criminal incitement, criminal mischief
- Gordon James Bacon: riot, criminal mischief
- Ernest Anthony Beavers: criminal incitement
- James Dean Bird: riot, criminal mischief
- Samuel Donnley Boutwell: riot, criminal incitement
- Zane Zachary Clark: riot
- Brandon Lee Craft: criminal incitement
- Ralph Gibson Laverdure: riot, criminal incitement, criminal mischief
- Jordan James Lopez: riot, criminal incitement, criminal mischief
- Pablo Ramon Lopez: riot, criminal incitement, criminal mischief
- Beau Herman Miller: riot
- Richard Lawrence Morsette: riot
- Zachary Paul Potts: riot, criminal incitement, criminal mischief
- Gerald Alysuis Stillsmoking: riot, criminal incitement, criminal mischief
The Cascade County Attorney’s Office filed the charges Monday afternoon. The affidavit includes 40 pages of interviews and information from video surveillance as compiled by the Cascade County Sheriff’s Office.
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The July 28 riot came a few days after Sheriff Bob Edwards issued a memo to other law enforcement and justice agencies stating that due to overcrowding at the jail he would not accept people on non-violent misdemeanor charges or non-violent misdemeanor warrants.
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At the time of the riot, the jail population was 484 and N Pod had 55 people in it, according o CCSO officials. The pod has 14 cells and is designed to hold 28 people.
On Monday afternoon, the jail population was 447, according to Commander Dan O’Fallon.
Pod where riot occurred in Cascade County jail was nearly double capacity
In August, Edwards said the riot caused an estimated $22,300 worth of damage to the jail.
O’Fallon said Tuesday that the estimate of damage was $22,378.21.
According to the roughly 40-page affidavit, detention officers, sheriff’s deputies and other support personnel responded to the incident in N-Pod to address on-going threats of violence and property destruction. According to the affidavit, inmates had taken control after refusing direct instruction from authorities to lock-down in the pod.
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The affidavit states that supervisors and officers who are trained to suppress violence in prison environments were involved in the response. Pepper spray and other techniques were used to regain control, according to the court documents.
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Court documents indicate that Alexander appeared to be preparing for an incident about an hour and a half before the riot started since he was completely dressed to cover major areas of skin and had a spare cloth to wrap around his face. Early in the incident, Alexander threw a trash can at the pod windows and attempted to block the pepper stray coming into the pod by stuffing newspaper into the vents. He also threw a tv remote and attempted to pull the tv off the wall mount, according to court documents.
Jail population decreasing, still overcrowded
Other inmates, including James Bird, had towels or other forms of fabric around their necks prior to the incident making officials believe the riot was pre-planned.
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Based on the affidavit, it appears that inmates had selected William Keatts to serve as an intermediary between the inmates and the authorities but there appears to have been some miscommunication between what officers said and what Keatts relayed to the inmates.
Some inmates interviewed by authorities said that the television and phones were on when, which isn’t normally the case during a lockdown, so they were confused.
At the time of the riot, the pod included several federal inmates who had since been transferred out of the Cascade County jail and some weren’t available for questioning, according to the affidavit.
Some inmates told investigators that they’d heard rumblings about something coming that morning and some called their wives on the phone and suggested that the wives call the media because authorities had lost control of the pod.
Others wedged books into their cell doors and slammed them, causing damage to the doors and some were seen on video surveillance attempting to move contraband between pods.