14 charged in fatal riot at Saskatchewan Penitentiary
Fourteen men have been charged in a deadly riot at the Saskatchewan Penitentiary in 2016.
The riot at the prison in Prince Albert on Dec. 14 involved more than 180 inmates.
Jason Leonard Bird, 43, was killed and two other inmates were injured.
Six prisoners were injured by gunfire when the prison’s emergency response team retook the prison’s medium-security unit.
RCMP said the accused range in age from 19 to 35 and charges include participating in a riot, obstructing justice, rioting while wearing a mask, wearing a disguise with intent and criminal mischief over $5,000.
Police said the investigation into Bird’s death is ongoing.
Charged are Dylan Ahenakew, 22, Donavon Assiniboine, 22, Skylar Alexson, 24, Brett Babisky, 28, Lance Bear, 29, Julius Beardy, 26, Vernon Bigsky, 31, Taryn Cote, 23, William Fick, 28, Wesley Hassleberger-Wright, 20, John Linklater, 19, Josh McLaren, 27, Scott Nelson, 32, and Larry Windigo, 35.
Beardy, Linklater, McLaren and Windigo made first appearances last week in Prince Albert and are due back in court next month.
A representative from the Union of Canadian Correctional Officers said the riot was sparked over food quality and portion sizes.
Correctional Service Canada has since updated their food service policies to include inmates in food quality oversight, and extra portions are now prepared to allow for spillage.
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