Delaware inmates sentenced in CO's killing during riot

Correctional officer Steven Floyd was killed and two other COs beaten in the February 2017 riot


By Randall Chase
Associated Press

WILMINGTON, Del. — Three Delaware inmates have been sentenced for their roles in the death of a correctional officer during a riot.

Self-proclaimed ringleader Dwayne Staats was sentenced Friday to two life terms for the murder of correctional officer Steven Floyd. Staats, who is already serving life for murder, received another 150 years for assault and kidnapping.

Sgt. Steven Floyd. Floyd died in a February 2017 inmate riot and hostage standoff at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna, Del. (Delaware Department of Correction via AP, File)
Sgt. Steven Floyd. Floyd died in a February 2017 inmate riot and hostage standoff at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna, Del. (Delaware Department of Correction via AP, File)

Jarreau Ayers, also serving life for murder, was sentenced to 123 years for kidnapping, assault and riot.

Star prosecution witness Royal Downs was sentenced to three years for riot. The judge said that sentence will be served after the former Baltimore gang leader finishes a life sentence for murder in Maryland.

[Read: 5 things to know about fallen corrections officer Steven Floyd]

Floyd was killed and two other COs beaten in the February 2017 riot. A female counselor was held hostage for nearly 20 hours before being rescued.

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