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12 Inmates From Vermont Charged In Costly Mass. Prison Riot

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GREENFIELD, Mass. (CBS/AP) — Twelve Vermont inmates have been arraigned on felony charges stemming from a riot in a Massachusetts jail that caused about $250,000 in damage.

Guards used stun grenades and tear gas to quell the riot back on July 7.

The inmates were arraigned Friday on charges of malicious destruction of property worth more than $250 and conspiracy to commit malicious destruction of property worth more than $250. The Greenfield, Mass., Recorder reports they all also are charged misdemeanors of disturbance of a correctional facility and defacing a county building.

They are due back in court Sept. 15. Franklin County Sheriff Christopher Donelan said the riot damaged windows, ceiling tiles, furniture, cameras, and computers. There was also water damage from a broken sprinkler head.
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Information from: The Recorder

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