Speak Out: Riot charges dropped

The Delaware Department of Justice announced Wednesday that it will not pursue the pending charges against the remaining inmates accused of perpetrating the deadly riot at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in February 2017. •Folks. We need complete video coverage in the prisons. It’s nuts they can not get enough video evidence to convicts these […]

DOC Commissioner Phelps to step down: Vaughn riot, lawsuits, staffing issues plagued brief tenure

DOVER — Delaware Department of Correction Commissioner Perry Phelps announced Friday he’s stepping down as of July 15. No specific reason for the retirement was provided. “When I joined the Department of Correction, I only expected to stay for two years,” Mr. Phelps said in a statement. “I thought I would use my experience as […]

Delaware correction commissioner Phelps to step down

DOVER — Delaware Department of Correction Commissioner Perry Phelps announced Friday he’s stepping down as of July 15. No specific reason for the retirement was provided. “When I joined the Department of Correction, I only expected to stay for two years,” Mr. Phelps said in a statement. “I thought I would use my experience as […]

Shankaras acquitted in Vaughn riot

WILMINGTON — The biggest courtroom in the New Castle County Courthouse was pin drop silent on Thursday as the latest raft of verdicts was delivered in the ongoing Vaughn riot trials. After nearly two weeks of witness testimony and two days of deliberation, the jury decided Roman Shankaras — an inmate charged with perpetrating the […]

Vaughn riot trial: jury to continue deliberating

WILMINGTON — The jury responsible for deciding the fate of Roman Shankaras — one of the 18 inmates charged with perpetrating the deadly 2017 Vaughn prison riot — will resume deliberation today. Closing statements were offered by the prosecution and defense on Tuesday morning, after a trial that lasted two weeks. The jury began deliberation […]

Jury to begin deliberations Wednesday in Vaughn prison murder trial

WILMINGTON — No verdict followed Tuesday’s Vaughn prison murder trial closing arguments involving a correctional officer’s death two years ago, Inmate Roman Shankaras, 32, was charged with first-degree murder and other felonies associated with Lt. Stephen Floyd’s death during a violent takeover on Feb. 1, 2017. For 3 1/2 hours (including breaks), attorneys addressed the […]

Vaughn riot witness: ‘Floyd’s family deserves to know the truth’

WILMINGTON — After giving vague statements to investigators in the wake of the 2017 Vaughn prison riot that left Lt. Steven Floyd dead, inmate Cornell Hester testified in court on Thursday afternoon that he recently had a change of heart and gave prosecutors a fuller accounting of his experience. “I’m a Christian, and I talked […]

New evidence found in 2017 Vaughn prison riot

SMYRNA — Two weapons potentially connected to the Feb. 1, 2017, riot that left correctional officer Lt. Steven Floyd dead were recently discovered, according to homicide crime scene investigator Cpl. Roger Cresto. The new evidence was mentioned Tuesday morning during the cross-examination of Cpl. Cresto in the ongoing trial to determine the fate of Roman […]

Vaughn riot trial: Prosecutors pin hopes to incriminating letters

WILMINGTON — The next round in the high-stakes trials to determine who was responsible for the 2017 riot at Vaughn prison kicked off on Monday. The incident left correctional officer Lt. Steven Floyd dead and several staff brutalized or traumatized. The third trial in a series of four will determine the fate of Roman Shankaras […]

DOC employees surveyed on trust and commitment

DOVER — In search of a test subject for his dissertation on “servant leadership,” Wilmington University doctoral candidate Rick Brewer was turned down by companies like Southwest Airlines, Chick-fil-A, Wawa and Lowes. But, after a chance meeting with Delaware Department of Correction Commissioner Perry Phelps in July of 2017, he wound up snagging an even […]