17-17-17 by Dwayne “BIM” Staats

On October 17th 2017, 17 prisoners were indicted for allegedly partaking in the uprising that occurred at James T. Vaughn Correction Center in Smyrna Delaware on February 1, 2017. This miscellany of individuals would eventually be given the moniker “Vaughn 17.” Contrary to our charge of “conspiracy,” prior to this case many of us had... Continue Reading →

Delaware Admits Failure, Drops Last Remaining Vaughn 17 Cases Retaliation Against Prisoners Continues

On Wednesday, June 12, Delaware announced it was dropping its last two cases against former Vaughn prisoners accused of participation in the 2017 prison takeover. Lawrence Michaels and Alejandro Rodriguez-Ortiz, whom the state claimed helped subdue correctional officers at the beginning of the takeover, will no longer be facing trial in the fall. The state... Continue Reading →

No Convictions for Roman Shankaras!

Rome is the eighth defendant to be tried in this case, and the fifth to have now been cleared on all charges. Having been scheduled for release last year, he has now been released and is at home with his family. Two more defendants, Lawrence Michaels ("Smoke") and Alejandro Rodriguez-Ortiz ("Capo") are still scheduled to... Continue Reading →

Vaughn 17 Trial Begins for Roman Shankaras: Mastermind to Puppet Master, Depending On Who’s Describing Him

The third trial in Delaware’s prosecution of the Vaughn 17 began on Monday, May 6th, 2019. This time, Roman Shankaras is a solo defendant, fighting the same charges that fifteen of his co-defendants also faced — conspiracy, felony riot, assault, kidnapping, and murder — for allegedly participating in the February 2017 prisoner takeover of C-building... Continue Reading →

Seven #Vaughn17 Prisoners Moved from SCI Camp Hill

The seven #Vaughn17 prisoners who got moved to SCI Camp Hill in Pennsylvania five weeks ago were transferred to different PA prisons on Tuesday, April 16. Here are their new locations:     Jarreau Ayers - NS9994, SCI Huntingdon     Deric Forney - NS2698, SCI Coal Township     Dwayne Staats - NS0000, SCI Albion     Abednego Baynes - NT0594, SCI... Continue Reading →

Vaughn 17 Trial 2 Verdict

None convicted! Obadiah Miller Riot – no decision Felony murder – no decision Murder of law enforcement officer –no decision First-degree Assault, Officer Joshua Wilkinson – not guilty First-degree Assault, Officer Winslow Smith – not guilty Kidnapping Lt. Steven Floyd – not guilty Kidnapping – Wilkinson – not guilty Kidnapping - Smith – not guilty... Continue Reading →

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