Names released of inmates killed in Tecumseh riot
- Author: Jack Replman Mar 05, 2017,
Mar 05, 2017, 0:40
The Thursday incident took place in the same housing unit badly damaged then.
He said that some of the same conditions that spawned the 2015 riot - overcrowding and lack of rehabilitation programs - still exist in the state prison system. The prison was on lockdown for several hours after inmates started a fire in the yard. An unspecified number of inmates suffered injuries that were not considered life-threatening.
Dead are 39-year-old Damon Fitzgerald, serving 310 to 470 years for sexual assault, use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony, burglary, and assault of a peach officer and 31-year-old Michael Galindo, serving 12 to 21 years for attempted possession of a controlled substance and driving under suspension.
Though fires were set in the unit during the disturbance, no significant property damage was done, according to prison officials. Prison officials have insisted that it wasn't a "riot" and they stressed that the public outside the prison was never in danger. But, at about that time, smoke still could be seen rising from a "mini-yard" outside the housing units, and inmates were standing about.
Thursday's riot involved about 40 inmates who refused to return to their cells.
The Nebraska State Patrol is in charge of the investigation.
"Any loss of life is tragic", Scott Frakes, the Department of Corrections' director, said in a news release. Team members discovered the two deaths. He said, "I think we have to remember, prisons are risky places".
Two inmates have been killed during a disturbance at a maximum security prison in Nebraska, the second deadly incident at the facility over the last two years, a local newspaper reported on Friday. "And so, if they continue to make bad choices we're going to have to respond to them".
"That riot, which also left several staff members injured, involved several hundred inmates in three living units, a gym and a courtyard".
"We've seen so many improvements over the a year ago and a half and I am proud of my team", said Tecumseh Warden Brad Hansen.