Inmate Sentenced for Rioting in a Federal Prison

From:  News Release   1/13/17   GCN

Jackson, Miss. - Juan Geraldo Arredondo, 37, originally from Parral, Mexico, was
sentenced by Senior U.S. District Judge David Bramlette III on January 10, 2017, to 120 months
in prison for his participation in a prison riot which took place at the Adams County Correctional
facility on May 20, 2012, announced U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis and FBI Special Agent in
Charge Christopher Freeze. Arredondo was also ordered to pay restitution jointly and severally
in the amount of $1,382,313. He is subject to deportation following his release from prison.

The cause of the riot was what the inmates perceived to be inadequate food, medical
conditions and disrespectful staff members. During the riot, prison fences were destroyed,
windows were broken, prison property was stolen, hostages were taken, correctional officers
were assaulted, and one corrections officer was killed. Geraldo is the twenty-fourth and final
defendant to be sentenced in this case.

“Federal inmates are protected by the constitution from cruel and unusual punishment
within correctional facilities, but when they riot inside one of these facilities, it poses a risk to
those sworn to protect them and to our society as a whole,” said Christopher Freeze, special
agent in charge of the FBI in Mississippi.

“Almost five years ago, Corrections Officer Catlin Carithers had his life taken while trying to protect others. As this case draws to an end, we hope the sentences of the 24 individuals involved in this riot sends a strong message to those who are incarcerated: rioting is unacceptable, murder is unconscionable and consequences are significant."

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigations and prosecuted by Deputy Criminal Chief, Patrick Lemon