Inmates accused of staging a riot at Warren County Jail have chosen to fight the charges against them, all assigned lawyers this week for what could be a courtroom showdown this coming Tuesday.
The suspects Mary Cooper Jr., Ronald Kloosterman, Michael S. Newby, Arlin Pinkard Jr., Ethan Price, John R. Simons, Joshua Neal and Norval L. Judkins are accused of rioting inside the jail for two hours until they were subdued, some with pepper spray, by guards. They were reportedly angry their recreation privileges had been revoked.
The inmates each opted not to settle their cases during their first appearance Tuesday before General Sessions Judge Bill Locke, but instead asked for, and were granted, attorneys. The suspects all have separate lawyers who will represent them during Tuesday’s mass preliminary hearing.
In other arraignment action Tuesday morning:
• Jamie Snider was ordered to serve 40 days of an 11-month, 29-day sentence and must perform 25 hours public service, make $103 restitution and stay out of Walmart for shoplifting and failure to appear in court.
• Alejandro Diaz was instructed to serve 30 days of an 11-29 sentence and was warned not to have any further contact with the victim in the case for violating an order of protection and criminal impersonation.
• Nathan Forsyth was directed to serve 48 hours of an 11-29 sentence, pay $50 plus costs, perform 16 hours public service work and undergo a drug and alcohol assessment for underage consumption of alcohol and failure to appear in court.
• Thomas J. Tackett must serve two days and pay $50 plus costs for public intoxication.
• Joshua Lee was instructed to serve two days and pay $20 plus costs for driving without a license, driving without insurance, and failure to appear in court.
• Clifton Hennessee must serve the balance of his sentence for violation of probation.
• Mike Tucker was ordered to serve 45 days and had his probation extended by six months for violation of probation.