By Tim Leeds/Havre Daily Newsemail@example.com
Law enforcement officers from other agencies were called to help the Hill County Sheriff's Office on Friday night after three inmates refused to return to their cells.
A few moments after the extra officers arrived, the three inmates returned to their cells, and have been in lockdown since then, Sheriff Greg Szudera said today.
"They were told to lock down. They hollered a few times. Then they went into their cells and locked down," Szudera said.
He said prison administrator Ric Munfrada will review the incident and decide how long the three inmates will have to stay locked in their cells. It is unlikely the inmates will face any charges for their actions, Szudera said.
Lockdown means they can't leave their individual cells and are cut off from things like talking to visitors or using the telephone, Szudera said.
The three inmates are: Lionel Demontiney, who is awaiting trial on a charge of aggravated assault; Casey Mummey, who has been charged with driving under the influence of intoxicants, driving without insurance, eluding pursuit, negligent endangerment, and violating requirements of a suspended sentence; and Bjorn Satrom, who is facing charges of partner or family member assault, violating a restraining order, and violating conditions of release.
Szudera said regulations require that all inmates go to their individual cells to be locked in at 11 p.m. and that the three refused. The Sheriff's Office called for extra help, which is common when there is any disturbance at the jail, Szudera said.
Szudera said about four officers from the Havre Police Department and about four Border Patrol agents responded to help secure the detention center.
Hayley Demontiney, the mother of Lionel Demontiney, said today she hadn't heard about the incident but had heard that Lionel wasn't allowed to see a visitor on Saturday.
The sheriff said Friday's incident is indicative of an attitude inmates get sometimes when they don't get what they want.
"They get upset and if they don't get their way, they don't realize it's a jail and not a resort," he said.
In an unrelated development, Szudera said today that an initial investigation has been completed into the death of prisoner Steven Borris, who died May 12 in a Great Falls hospital after attempting suicide at the jail on May 10.
Szudera said he is now waiting to see if Blaine County coroner Marvin Edwards orders a coroner's inquest, and whether further investigation or action will be taken by the Hill County Attorney's Office.