Latest: inmate accused of leading fatal riot at Delaware's maximum security prison

4 month ago

Wilmington news, Delaware news.

The wife of a detainee accused of leading a riot in Delaware's maximum security prison, where a guard was killed and other staff members held hostage, said she was confident in the acquittal of her husband.

Lillian Oliver says Roman Shankaras, 32, is not a murderer.

On Thursday, a jury acquitted Shankaras of all charges related to the riot of 2017 and the death of prison guard Steven Floyd.

Shankaras recently served a seven-year sentence for unrelated riot and robbery charges. He should be released by Friday.

Senior Prosecutor John Downs made no comment.