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Grand Jury Indicts 45 Texas Prisoners

A Jones County, TX, grand jury indicted 45 French Robertson and Middleton Unit prisoners in October, 1997, for felony crimes allegedly committed in prison during the previous two years.

Among the indicted were prisoners Michael Dwayne Purnell and Maximiliano Sanchez III, accused of assaulting French Robertson guard Michael D. Helms, who was himself indicted by a Jones County grand jury in June on manslaughter charges in connection with the death of prisoner Gray Lee Crenshaw. [See: Three TX Guards Indicted in Beating Death, PLN Vol. 8, No. 10]

Other prisoners were indicted for assaulting guards with a rock in a sock and a broom handle. Possession of weapons, retaliation, aggravated assault, possession of a prohibited substance, and escape.

Source: Albilene Reporter News

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