Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

April 19, 2013

Va city jail inmates bar cell door, make demands


Associated Press

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Five inmates at the city jail in Norfolk received individual cells after officials say they barred their cell doors and made demands.

The Norfolk Sheriff's Office says the inmates tied bedsheets to their cell door to prevent deputies from entering and issued ultimatums for about two hours Tuesday.

The Virginian-Pilot reports that their demands included a reduced sentence, a cellphone, a call to Gov. Bob McDonnell and Chinese food.

Spokeswoman Paula Miller says that deputies eventually forced entry into the cell after talking with the inmates. They weren't charged in the incident but face disciplinary action from the jail.

Miller says the inmates were considered "high custody level," and one had been sentenced to life plus 63 years.

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