Charges filed against inmates for Cambria County prison riot

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UPDATE: The defendants were arraigned on Jan. 22, 2021. They have preliminary hearings set for Feb. 19.

CAMBRIA COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — Charges have been filed in relation to a prison riot at the Cambria County Prison on Oct. 2.

Charges were filed with Magisterial District Justice Frederick S. Creany and will be prosecuted by District Attorney Greg Neugebauer.

“The actions by those charged put many people, including themselves, at risk. We will not, and cannot, tolerate the behavior which violated the law in an institutional setting,” Neugebauer said.

According to police, the inmates had taken over a housing unit and used their bodies as barricades,. They also threw trash cans and dumped out bottles of liquids while other inmates urinated on the floor, according to the report.

A note was given to negotiators with a list of reasons/demands for the incident, citing they were unhappy they were being moved to a new block and that their meals were not as good as they used to be.

According to the charges, the original housing is dormitory-style with more room to move around. The new housing would be a locked cell style unit.

A peaceful resolution was obtained after three hours.

The following people have all been charged with one count each of riot, conspiracy to commit riot, failure to disperse and disorderly conduct:

  • Alexis Brolin
  • Joshua Quigley
  • Chad Lawhead
  • Logan Mctavish
  • Jonathan Bierly
  • Andrew Colvin
  • Seth Long

The following people have been charged with riot, conspiracy to commit riot, failure to disperse, institutional vandalism, and disorderly conduct:

  • Evan Whited
  • Cameron Cinko
  • Irish McCall
  • Quadir Neal
  • Malik Byers
  • Stephen Apostolu
  • David McCaulley
  • Ricky Mason
  • Jared Nyman
  • Jesse Ginter
  • Ali Hassan

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