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Inmate indicted in prison riot death

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NATCHEZ, Ms., (KNOE 8 News) - Charges are being formalized in Natchez in the wake of the riot at the Adams County Correctional Center.

A federal grand jury has indicted an inmate who authorities have identified as an alleged instigator of the May prison riot that left a guard dead.

Yoany Oriel Serrano-Bejarano has been charged with instigating and conspiring to cause the riot.

In September, an FBI agent stated in an affidavit that Serrano-Bejarano was one of a number of inmates who stacked food carts in order to reach correctional officers on the roof of one of the prison's buildings during the riot.

Prison guard Catlin Carithers was assaulted on the roof and later died from his injuries.

Authorities say Serrano-Bejarano had a prison staff radio during the riot, assaulted a hostage and contributed to the destruction to the prison.

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