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June 8, 2007

Melee at Middleton Jail injures five guards

MIDDLETON — Five guards at Middleton Jail were injured early yesterday after a group of inmates, let out of their cells to take showers, attacked the guards, using as weapons the handcuffs and shackles that had just been removed from them, according to court testimony.

Seven men, including one who is awaiting trial on murder charges, were charged in the attacks. All seven are considered high-risk inmates and were confined to a high-security segregation unit.

All seven were ordered held on bails ranging from $75,000 to $250,000 cash during their arraignments yesterday afternoon in Salem District Court, where they were brought in under heavy security, arraigned in a courtroom that had been cleared of most spectators, and then immediately moved back out of the building and into a pair of vans surrounded by unmarked police cars.

All are charged with assault and battery on corrections officers and with dangerous weapons that included handcuffs, shackles, body chains and a chair, as well as brooms and a plunger taken from a supply closet near the showers. The charges carry potential 10-year prison terms.

They could face additional charges, a jail spokesman said.

“These seven defendants planned a calculated, premeditated attack on correctional officers at that facility,” prosecutor Elizabeth Satelmajer told Judge Dunbar Livingston during yesterday’s arraignment.

It was around 12:25 a.m. when the seven inmates — Eddy Lopez, also known as Miguel Torres, 30; Miguel Diaz, 21; and Raul Carraquillo Llanos, 35, all of Lawrence; Angel Andrades, 28, of Lynn; Alexis Maldonado, 29, of Haverhill; Jurrell Laronal, 21, of Dorchester; and Juan Rivera, 24, of Boston — were being led, one by one, from the administrative segregation unit to the showers.

Paul Fleming, a jail spokesman, said the inmates in that unit are typically confined to their cells 23 hours a day, and when they are out of their cells, they are under heavy security.

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