Man ordered detained pending prison riot case

By Holbrook Mohr/The Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered a man to remain behind bars on charges of participating in a deadly riot at a prison for illegal immigrants.

Juan Lopez-Fuentes is suspected of leading a group of inmates who took hostages at the Adams County Correctional Facility in Natchez during a May 20 riot. One guard was killed; at least 20 people were injured.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Linda Anderson in Jackson signed an order Friday to keep Lopez-Fuentes locked up pending the outcome of the case. Deportation proceedings for him had been set to begin later this month.

The prison holds nearly 2,500 illegal immigrants convicted of crimes. It’s owned by Nashville, Tenn.-based Corrections Corporation of America.

Court records say prisoners were angry about their treatment the day the riot erupted.