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Inmates charged for guard attacks at 2 Arkansas prisons
By baxterbulletin.com- Andrew Demillo
Published: 12/15/2017

LITTLE ROCK – Five inmates were charged Thursday in unrelated attacks the same afternoon that injured guards at two Arkansas prisons and number among a string of violent disturbances in the state’s correctional facilities this year.

Prosecutor Kyle Hunter charged inmates Alfred Maxey, Robert Rhodes, Kirk Traylor and Jeremy Williams each with two counts of battery for the attack on two guards at the state’s Varner Unit on Sept. 28. Hunter also charged Gary Gould with one count of battery for the attack on another guard earlier that afternoon at the Maximum Security Unit in Tucker. Traylor and Williams were also each charged with one count of possession or use of a weapon by an incarcerated person.

A State Police investigator said in an affidavit filed in state court that the Varner attack began when Traylor confronted Correction Officer Corey Lowery about a homemade hoodie the guard had confiscated from the inmate earlier that day. A Department of Correction spokesman said the hoodie would be considered contraband material.

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