Inmates suspected in prison riot have trial date set

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Two men suspected of being involved in a prison riot and hostage-taking are scheduled to go to trial at the end of the year.

Justin Wiseman (left) and Adam Hayden are scheduled to go to trial in December in connection with a riot at Her Majesty’s Penitentiary in August 2013.

Adam Hayden and Justin Wiseman appeared in Newfoundland Supreme Court in St. John’s Monday.

Lawyers agreed to schedule their three-week trial for Dec. 2.

They had elected to be tried by judge alone.

However, Hayden’s lawyer, Mark Gruchy, told Justice William Goodridge that his client may re-elect judge and jury.

Jon Noonan, who represents Wiseman, said he only learned of that before proceedings, but that he would have to go along with it, since the men are jointly charged.

Crown prosecutor Shawn Patten will review that possibility.

Goodridge reminded the lawyers that the next available dates for a jury trial would be in January.

The lawyers will meet in June to discuss the issues.

Hayden, 26, and Wiseman, 22, will be tried on charges of hostage-taking, having their faces masked and interfering with the lawful use of property. Wiseman will also go to trial on charges of mischief by damaging property worth more than $5,000.

The two were charged as a result of a riot at Her Majesty’s Penitentiary (HMP) on Aug. 5, 2013.

Four others were charged and have pleaded guilty.

Julian Matthew Squires, 26, admitted to hostage-taking, as well as mischief by causing property damage exceeding $5,000.

He was sentenced to 18 months behind bars.

Justin Owens, 24, and Philip James Hollihan, 28, pleaded guilty to obstructing, interrupting or interfering with the lawful use or operation of property. Owens was sentenced to six months in jail. Hollihan was sentenced to eight months.

Justin Hopkins, 30, pleaded guilty to mischief by causing property damage exceeding $5,000. He was sentenced to a year and 15 days.

According to the facts presented in Hopkins’ case, the prisoners involved in the riot threatened to kill hostages and corrections officers.

The group’s rampage caused close to $100,000 in damage to Unit 3B at HMP.

When police arrived, inmates were yelling through the window that they had hostages.

One of the inmates told a negotiator that if they didn’t get cigarettes, they were going to cut the hostages’ throats.

When officers delivered the cigarettes, the hostages were released. The inmates surrendered shortly afterwards.

 

rmullaley@thetelegram.com

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