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Grand Jury Indicts 13 Fairbanks Correctional Center Inmates for Aug. 17 Jail Riot, Standoff

Eric Engman/Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

Updated: A Fairbanks grand jury has indicted 13 Fairbanks Correctional Center inmates on charges of rioting and criminal mischief related to an August 17th riot at the jail. The inmates took over a part of the jail for about an hour and a half before surrendering after they were tear-gassed by members of two tactical police units that were called in.

See editor's note, below.

When the 13 inmates took over the A Wing of Fairbanks Correctional Center on August 17th, the jail was locked down and Wilbur Street, which leads to the facility, was closed-off. Alaska State Troopers and Fairbanks police helped Corrections staff secure the area, and both Troopers and city police called in tactical-response units. They ordered the inmates to surrender, and the prisoners responded by breaking windows and pouring slippery soap on the floors in anticipation of the officers charging in. But after police fired a volley of tear gas, the inmates surrendered.

The state Department of Corrections says the riot caused about $7,300 in damage to the correctional center.

Some of the 13 indicted inmates have lengthy criminal records that include convictions for violent offenses, and whose cases have now been reopened as a result of their roles in the riot.

Fairbanks police maintain traffic control at the turnoff onto Wilbur Street. The street was blocked-off during the Aug. 17 riot and standoff.

They include 23-year-old Tevyn Alonza Davis, of Fairbanks, who’s charged with two counts each of first- and second-degree murder, in connection with shootings at a south side nightclub that left one man dead and another wounded in 2016.

And 24-year-old Dametrey Jaymes Rice, of Fairbanks, who’s charged with kidnapping, assault and armed robbery related a home invasion last Christmas, in which one man was pistol-whipped and another held at gunpoint.

Fairbanks District Attorney Gregg Olson was traveling today and unavailable to talk about the case.

Fairbanks District Attorney Gregg Olson was traveling Friday and unavailable to talk about the case. Alaska State Troopers and Fairbanks Police declined to comment, as did a state Department of Corrections spokesperson.

The DOC spokesperson did, however, provide a list of the status of the indicted inmates. All but six remain in custody at Fairbanks Correctional Center. Two, Marcus Howard and Donavan Huntington, have been transferred to Spring Creek Correctional Center in Seward. Three others were out of custody or on probation. The sixth, 24-year-old Nicholas Pierce, was placed on mandatory parole on October 8th. On December 5th, the Corrections department classified Pierce as an absconder for failing to report to his parole officer. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.

List of the indicted inmates released Thursday by Alaska State Troopers:

Jerald Burton Jr., 24; Patrick Burton-Hill, 24; Tevyn Davis, 23; Robert Gentleman III, 39; Anthony Heard, 41; Marcus Howard, 22; Donovan Huntington, 34; Hoe Kim, 31; Nicholas Pierce, 24; Dametrey Rice, 24; R.J. Seymour, 20; Eli Simpson, 22; Justin West, 26.

Editor's note: This story was revised to include information provided Friday by the Department of Corrections, including the dollar value of damage the inmates caused during the riot and the disposition and location of the 13 indicted inmates.   

Tim has worked in the news business for over three decades, mainly as a newspaper reporter and editor in southern Arizona. Tim first came to Alaska with his family in 1967, and grew up in Delta Junction before emigrating to the Lower 48 in 1977 to get a college education and see the world.