Monday, May 21, 2012

Guard killed as illegals riot in Mississippi prison

Senior Corrections Officer Catlin Carithers, 24, is shown in this undated handout photo supplied by the Corrections Corporation of America May 21, 2012. Carithers has been identified as the guard killed during a prison riot at Adams Country Correctional Center, a low-security prison in Natchez, Mississippi. Adams County Coroner James Lee said Carithers died of blunt trauma to the head. (Reuters Pictures)
BRANDON, Miss. (AP) — A prison guard was killed during a riot that left five other correctional officers and three inmates injured at a privately run facility that holds illegal immigrants, authorities said Sunday.

The disturbance began about mid afternoon and involved dozens of inmates before it was brought under control late Sunday night.

Adams County Coroner James Lee confirmed that a guard had died, but he said he could provide no details until the correctional officer's family was notified.

Emilee Beach, a spokeswoman at the Adams County Correctional Center in southwestern Mississippi, said the uprising involved multiple inmates. She said she wasn't sure how many because the investigation was ongoing.

Beach said the prison, owned and operated by Corrections Corp. of America, holds illegal immigrants, most for charges of re-entering the United States after deportation.