Crime

A dozen men face felonies after gang-related jail riot

From top left: Jose Magdaleno, Agustin Olvera, David Mendoza, David Valdez, James Steelman, Carlos Zamora, Manuel Castro, John Hernandez, David Ramirez, Noel Crispin, Matthew Alsip, George Heidenreich
From top left: Jose Magdaleno, Agustin Olvera, David Mendoza, David Valdez, James Steelman, Carlos Zamora, Manuel Castro, John Hernandez, David Ramirez, Noel Crispin, Matthew Alsip, George Heidenreich

Twelve men face felony riot charges more than a month after a fight broke out in an Idaho jail.

The men, identified by Canyon County Sheriff’s Office as local gang members, were reportedly part of a fight that occurred June 6. Each of them also face gang-related enhancements that could extend their sentences if convicted.

The men charged include:

  • Agustin Olvera, 31, of Nampa
  • Matthew Alsip, 29, of Meridian
  • Manuel Castro, 40, of Parma
  • Carlos Zamora, 34, of Caldwell
  • James Steelman, 24, of Boise
  • David Ramirez, 25, of Notus
  • George Heidenreich, 44, of Caldwell
  • John Hernandez, 33, of Middleton
  • David Mendoza, 31, of Caldwell
  • Jose Magdaleno, 22, of Caldwell
  • Noel Crispin, 23, of Nampa
  • David Valdez, 37, of Nampa

Joe Decker, a spokesman for Canyon County, said the men were members of rival Norteño and Sureño gangs. Decker said the fight was contained to one unit and ended in a matter of minutes.

The fight underscores issues with crowding, Decker said.

“Common practice is to separate rival gang members, but with overcrowding we’re kind of stuck housing people in the same units. And lo and behold, this kind of thing happens,” Decker said.

Recently, as many as 27 inmates rioted in the Bannock County Jail in eastern Idaho. That fight was also attributed to overcrowding.

All of the men except for Mendoza were arraigned Monday. Mendoza, who was not in custody when the indictments were issued, is currently wanted on a $100,000 felony warrant.

If convicted of felony rioting, each man faces at least 5 years in prison and up to 20 years maximum. Gang enhancements carry an additional 2 to 5 years.

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