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Inmate withholds guilty plea in prison riot

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NATCHEZ, Miss. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - An inmate charged in the May 2012 prison riot that resulted in the death of a correctional officer in Adams County appeared ready to plead guilty to conspiracy of murder before changing his mind in the courtroom.

Jesus Beltran-Rodriguez was one of five inmates indicted on a charge of conspiracy to commit murder in relation to the May 20, 2012, riot at the Adams County Correctional Center.

He had pleaded not guilty to the charge May 22, but was scheduled for a change of plea hearing in federal court Thursday in Natchez.

The Natchez Democrat reports (http://bit.ly/1l7NLyb ) U.S. District Judge David Bramlette granted a request from Rodriguez's attorney to delay the plea hearing.

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