Court denies appeal of inmate convicted in fatal prison riot

DOVER, Del. (AP) — The Delaware Supreme Court has upheld the convictions of an inmate found guilty of several crimes for his role in a fatal riot at the state’s maximum-security prison.

A three-judge panel on Thursday rejected Jarreau Ayers’ claim that a statement made to the jury by a prosecutor during closing arguments unfairly prejudice him.

Ayers was already serving a life term for murder at the time of the February 2017 riot. He was sentenced to an additional 123 years behind bars after a jury found him guilty of kidnapping, assault, riot and conspiracy.

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