WILMINGTON, Del. – A jury acquitted a detainee accused of leading a riot on Delaware’s maximum security prison, during which a guard was killed and the other staff members taken hostage.
Jurors deliberated over two days before acquitting 32-year-old Roman Shankaras on Thursday in the death of Steven Floyd.
Shankaras recently a seven-year sentence for unrelated riots and robbery charges. The acquittal will save him from a mandatory life sentence.
Shankaras is one of 18 inmates sued after the 2017 season, 16 of whom have been charged with the murder in Floyd’s death. Two guards were released by the prisoners after being beaten and tortured. A female counselor was held hostage for nearly 20 hours before the tactical teams burst in and saved her.
Two other lawsuits against seven of the prisoners resulted in only one murder conviction.