Sheriff: FBI will lead probe of Miss. prison riot

By The Associated Press

JACKSON — A sheriff says the FBI will lead the investigation into a riot that killed a guard and injured 20 people at a privately run prison in Mississippi that houses illegal immigrants.

Adams County Sheriff Chuck Mayfield says Tuesday in a statement that his department will continue to assist as needed in the investigation of the May 20 riot at Adams County Correctional Facility.

Mayfield says the decision on who would lead the probe was made after he met with the officials from the FBI and Corrections Corporations of America, the company that owns and operates the prison.

The prison holds nearly 2,500 low-security federal inmates. Most are serving time for coming back to the United States after being deported.