Three people have been charged with starting a fire at the Warren County Jail on Sep. 23.
Sheriff Martin Pace reports that on Sep. 23, inmates in one of the upstairs cell blocks vandalized their cell and set fire to part of a mattress.
“It was actually a mattress cover and they melted a plastic dinner tray that created a lot of smoke,” said Sheriff Pace.
Investigator Eric Jerscheid led the investigation for the county. His investigation shows the inmates pulled the wiring out of the back of a TV set and used the wires to start the fire.
Three inmates have been charged with malicious mischief and arson. Darrius Lamont Stamps, 37, was originally incarcerated for uttering a forgery and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. Johnathon Meadows, 40, was originally being held for an MDOC probation violation. Deandrea Royal, 39, was originally being held for shooting into an occupied dwelling and for being a felon in possession of a firearm.
All three appeared before Judge Crevitt on Wednesday and declined to set a bond on the inmates. Additionally, all three have still not been adjudicated for their old charges.
According to Sheriff Pace, they are currently isolated in a portion of the jail.
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