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Shankaras Awaits Verdict in Vaughn Prison Riot Trial

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The prisoner accused of planning the 2017 prison riot in Delaware is expected to know his fate by the end of the week.

The jury in the trial of 32-year-old Roman Shankaras began deliberations this week.

He faces 18 counts stemming from the inmate uprising at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in which prison guard Steven Floyd was killed.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that prosecutors said that Shankaras did nothing to help Floyd as he bled out from dozens of flesh wounds during the riot.

As for planning the uprising the state pointed to two handwritten letters that show he related generally unknown details about the uprising and confessing to pursing it as a protest.

Under Delaware law if a defendant is part of the planning he can be convicted of first degree murder.

Don Rush is the News Director at Delmarva Public Media. An award-winning journalist, Don reports major local issues of the day, from sea level rise, to urban development, to the changing demographics of Delmarva.