Jail fight ends with injury, charges
Published 12:02 am Saturday, June 11, 2011
NATCHEZ — Three men already behind bars at the Adams County jail were booked Wednesday for additional charges of aggravated assault after reportedly beating up a fourth inmate with their fists and a bar of soap, Sheriff Chuck Mayfield said.
Mayfield said two of those charged were convicted felons waiting for extradition to the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman at the time of the incident. The third was waiting to stand trial.
The fight resulted in the victim’s eye being cut after he was struck with a sock filled with a bar of soap, Mayfield said.
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“I’m not going to tolerate any of that stuff, that’s why I charged them,” Mayfield said.
Those charged include Jamon Vantre Williams, 18, 204 Dumas Drive, who was sentenced in March to prison after pleading guilty to culpable manslaughter; Zachariah Duane Combs, 32, 135 Buckhart Road, who was sentenced to prison for drug charges and Keimon Cattrell Brice, 58, 407-B Watts Ave., who was waiting to stand trial for drug charges.
Mayfield said the men charged were “mostly wrestling and swinging,” and one of them had a bar of soap in a sock he used for a weapon. The victim, Derrin Ezel Hughes, 21, 100 A Edgin St., received minor injuries.
Based on a review of the level of severity of the incident, the aggravated assault charges will likely be downgraded to simple assault, Mayfield said Friday.
When the incident occurred, jailers and deputies went up to the floor where the inmates were, started an investigation and determined who was involved.
Mayfield was at a Mississippi Sheriff’s Association meeting in Gulfport when he was notified of the incident and ordered the charges, he said.
Those charged now have sanctions against them, Mayfield said, which forfeits their visitation and commissary privileges, for instance.
The sheriff’s office has since petitioned the state to extradite Williams and Combs to prison.
Mayfield said he will continue to charge unruly inmates if they break the law while serving jail time.
“If (inmates) don’t behave outside, they are going to behave here.”