DOVER, N.H. (AP) — Eight inmates at New Hampshire’s Strafford County jail have been charged with starting a riot in October.
The men armed themselves with a 2-by-4 board from a broken piece of jail property and broom handles and refused to return their cells on Oct. 21, court records said. They damaged property and threw objects from the tier and defense barricades, according to court records.
Capt. Robert Williams, of the Strafford County Sheriff’s Office, told Foster’s Daily Democrat newspaper that jail staff responded with appropriate force to subdue the inmates.
“There was a certain level of force and devices commonly used in those situations to end the behavior,” Williams said. He would not say what caused the prisoners to riot.
The men indicted by a grand jury on Dec. 19 on felony riot charges are: Thomas Campbell, 26; Ryan Lane, 35; Joshua LaPierre, 29; Tino Marino, 35; Christopher Morin, 28; Robert Provost, 22; and Gary Tuttle. Jonathan May, 26, waived his right to a formal indictment, county attorney Tom Velardi said.
Their trial dates have not yet been scheduled. It was not immediately known if they were being represented by attorneys.