April 13, 1993 |
Prison authorities cut off water, electricity and food shipments on Monday to a maximum-security facility here in an attempt to end a standoff that began with an Easter Sunday riot and left six inmates dead, 19 injured and eight guards taken hostage. About 450 prisoners were still barricaded inside the L Block at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility, 90 miles south of Columbus. The inmates presented a list of 19 demands for ending the confrontation.
April 15, 1993 |
As a siege that has claimed at least seven prisoners' lives dragged on through a fourth day at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility, hundreds of mutinous inmates received their first delivery of food and water, along with medicine for two of the eight guards they hold as hostages.
April 19, 1993 |
As an inmate rebellion stretched into a second week at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility, negotiators said Sunday they have audiotapes proving that five guards held hostage are alive. Sharron Kornegay, spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, said the families of the remaining hostages had listened to the tape, received through negotiations, and verified the voices. Kornegay would not disclose the contents of the tape.
January 31, 1996 |
A ringleader of a 1993 Ohio prison riot in which 10 people died was sentenced to death Tuesday. George Skatzes was sentenced by a Montgomery County Circuit Court in the slaying of two fellow inmates, and to 30 years to life for his involvement in the death of a guard. Nine inmates and one guard died during the 11-day siege at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility at Lucasville.
September 7, 1997 |
A riot in the state prison's death row unit was brought under control within five hours after a tactical team stormed the facility with tear gas. "They went in with skill and with a plan and some surprise," Warden Ralph Coyle said. Death row inmates at the Mansfield Correctional Institution were confined to their cells after the riot. State officials would not speculate on a cause of the riot because it remained under investigation.
April 22, 1993 |
Five prison guards, some with their heads bandaged, walked to freedom amid jubilant pats on their backs late Wednesday night as the 10-day siege of the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility ended with the peaceful surrender of 450 rebel inmates. Shadowy television pictures recorded the men walking without assistance and being greeted by cheers and embraces from state officials supervising the surrender. They later were reported in stable condition at a hospital.