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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Mississippi

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Final Defendant Pleads Guilty in Adams County Prison Riot Case

Jackson, Miss. - Hector Miguel Diaz-Osuna, age 35, originally from Sinaloa, Mexico, entered a guilty plea today, before U.S. District Judge David C. Bramlette III, for the death of a correctional officer during a 2012 prison riot at the Adams County Correctional Center in Adams County, Mississippi, announced U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis and FBI Special Agent in Charge Don Alway.

The prison riot occurred on May 20, 2012. Several correctional officers were assaulted and one correctional officer died as a result of injuries he received during the assaults. Other correctional officers were held hostage for several hours by the rioters. The total damage to the facility was estimated to be $1,305,142.00.

Diaz-Osuna will be sentenced on June 16, 2016 by Senior U.S. District Judge David C. Bramlette III and faces a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison. Diaz-Osuna was previously convicted of rioting and faces an additional 10 years in prison for that crime.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation with assistance from the Adams County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Patrick Lemon and Jerry Rushing prosecuted the case.

Violent Crimes
Updated April 14, 2016