St. Clair County inmates accused in disturbance -

St. Clair County inmates accused in disturbance

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) -- Fourteen inmates at a county jail in southwestern Illinois are accused of being involved in a disturbance in which two correctional officers were hit on the head.
St. Clair County prosecutors say the inmates are charged with obstructing a correctional institution employee, with two of them also accused of aggravated battery.
Authorities say the charges resulted from a jailhouse incident Dec. 17 in which the inmates formed a barricade around another inmate, trying to prevent the guards from removing that inmate from that cellblock.
One of the two correctional officers hit on the head during the dustup was injured.
The obstruction count is a felony punishable by up to three years in prison. Aggravated battery carries a possible seven-year prison term.

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