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Inmates face charges related to prison riot

Posted at 4:07 PM, Nov 19, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-19 17:07:08-05

Five inmates are facing charges in connection with a May riot at the Tecumseh State Correctional Facility, Attorney General Doug Peterson announced Thursday.

The Nebraska Attorney General’s Office announced charges were the result of joint efforts with the Johnson County Attorney’s Office.

Officials say 22-year-old William Harris, who is serving a 51-year sentence, according to online records, faces a felony charge of making terroristic threats toward a corrections employee.

Three men are facing a felony charge of assault by a confined person on an officer:

John Zalme, 69, serving a 130-year sentence

Roger Weikle, 59, serving a 72-year sentence

Frederick Gooch, 29, serving an 18-year sentence

The Johnson County Attorney’s Office also plans to charge 23-year-old Ian Yelton with first-degree assault.

The charges come after hundreds of interviews and hours of examining surveillance video, officials said.

They add that they are still investigating the deaths of two inmates and the property damage crimes.