Inmates found guilty in attack on officer

Four inmates were found guilty Oct. 11 of attacking three Santa Rosa Correctional Institute officer on New Year’s Day, meaning potential prison sentences exceeding 100 years for two of the perpetrators.

A Santa Rosa County Jury found Dukene Myrtil, Andre Williams, Markus Vincent and Johnslow Sauveur guilty of charges stemming from an attack on correctional officers that occurred at the Santa Rosa Correctional Institution on Jan. 1.

According to the State Attorney’s office, Myrtil, Williams, Vincent, and Sauveur were close management inmates at the Santa Rosa Correctional Institution at the time of the incident. Close management means the men were under heightened supervision due to behavior.

During the incident the defendants attacked three correctional officers causing numerous injuries to the officers including a fractured orbital wall, fractured shoulder, fractured thumb, lacerations and bruises.

During the attack, Myrtil took a handheld radio from one of the officers and used it to strike the officers according to the press release. Williams also spit in the faces of three additional correctional officers during the incident.

Myrtil was found guilty of two counts of aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, battery on a law enforcement officer, depriving an officer of means of communication, and assault on a law enforcement officer.

Williams was found guilty of aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer and four counts of battery on a law enforcement officer. Vincent was found guilty of two counts of battery on a law enforcement officer, and Sauveur was found guilty of battery on a law enforcement officer.

Sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 27 before Circuit Judge John Simon.

Myrtil faces a maximum sentence of 140 years in state prison.  His prior history includes convictions for robbery, carjacking, burglary with a battery, fleeing or attempting to elude a law enforcement officer and battery on a law enforcement officer.

Williams faces a maximum sentence of 100 years in state prison.  His prior history includes convictions for second degree murder, attempted first degree murder, sexual battery, aggravated battery, kidnapping, home invasion robbery, burglary and battery on a law enforcement officer.

Vincent faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in state prison.  His prior history includes convictions for second degree murder and attempted robbery.

Sauveur faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in state prison. His prior history includes convictions for aggravated assault, carjacking and attempted robbery.

The investigation and arrests were conducted by the Office of Inspector General.  Amber Rowland prosecuted the case for the state.

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