LARNED — Twenty individuals have been charged and served warrants on Feb. 1 that were involved in the Nov. 6, 2018 riot incident at the Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility.
Kansas Department of Corrections Special Agent Supervisor Nicholas Yeager, submitted Probable Cause Affidavits to the Pawnee County Attorney’s Office for review regarding the incident.
"Based on a review of the affidavits, I believe there is sufficient evidence to charge the twenty individuals identified by Department of Corrections staff as being primarily responsible for the riots and damage at LCMHF," said Pawnee County Attorney Doug McNett. "There is no evidence to support any breach of the individual housing units in the Central Unit.
"Accordingly, my office is legally treating this as four self-contained riots occurring contemporaneously within the Central Unit."
The individuals charged and served warrants were: Curtis Core, 26; Manuel Acevedo, 27; Richard Peterson, 40; Joey Terrazas-Garcia, 23; Jacob Bagby, 20; Lance Sutton, 22; Alexis Banuelos, 21; Caesar Hermosillo, 25; Nathaniel Dipman, 20; Anthony Reed, 22; Kab Issa, 20; Jesse Bellamy, 25; Leo, Wells, 22; Joshua Tucker, 22, Joshuah Blake, 21; Nicholas Aldridge, 19; Darrell Pettus, 23; Marcel Wamser, 22 and Aaron McDonald.
"Each identified inmate was charged with incitement to riot, criminal damage to property in excess of $1,000, but less than $24,999 and rioting," McNett said.
First appearances are still being scheduled at this time.
At the time after the incident, McNett said that a riot took place in the Central Unit of the Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility on Nov. 6, 2018, at approximately 9 p.m., units responded to the hospital when it was reported a riot had began in the Central Unit.
Law enforcement units from Ford County Sheriff's Office, Dodge City Police Department, Kansas Bureau of Investigation, Kansas Highway Patrol, Ford County K-9 Unit, Stafford County Undersheriff and the Ford County Sheriff/Dodge City Police Department SORT Unit assisted in the incident along with the Pawnee County Sheriff's Office.
By 11:30 p.m. on Nov. 6, 2018, LCMHF Warden Don Langford, McNett and LCMHF administrative staff did an onsite walkthrough of the LCMHF Central Unit housing units where extensive property damage was found on all five housing units of the facility. At that time there were no staff injuries reported and all inmates were accounted for.
According to McNett, the penalties the 20 individuals face from their charges are; crime of incitement to riot, a Severity Level 8 person felony that carries a sentence between seven and 23 months depending on a defendant’s criminal history.
"LCMHF consists of two primary housing facilities – the Central Unit and the West Unit," McNett said. "The West Unit houses minimum security inmates. The riots were isolated solely to the Central Unit.
"Currently the Central Unit has five housing units with a general capacity of 66 medium security inmates per housing unit. Inmates on the Central Unit are now housed two men to a cell.
"Previously when mental health was the facility’s mission, cells were limited to one inmate.
"The Central Unit is one building and the separate housing units therein in essence fan out similar to spokes on a wheel around a central security control rotunda."
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