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Published on: 04/17/2017

Seven Convicts Charged in Fatal Cushing Prison Riot

Patti Weaver


7 arrested in the riot 2015

(Stillwater, Okla.) – Payne County District Attorney Laura Austin Thomas filed charges on Monday against seven convicts accused of participating in a riot at the Cimarron Correctional Facility in Cushing on Sept. 12, 2015, in which four inmates died from stab wounds.
    Participating in a fatal riot is punishable as second-degree murder by 10 years to life in prison, according to court documents filed Monday.
    The four inmates who died were identified on the charges as Anthony Fulwider, 31; Kyle Tiffee, 23; Christopher Tignor, 29; and Michael Edwin Mayden Jr. 26.
    The seven convicts accused of “acting in concert with two or more persons,” and causing the four deaths are:
    * Steven Ray Thompson, 31, serving a sentence of life without parole for first-degree murder in 2013 in Grady County, now at Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester;
    * Gage Broom, 25, serving a 20-year prison term for first-degree manslaughter in 2009 in Wagoner County, still being held at the Cimarron Correctional Facility in Cushing;
    * Korey L. Kruta, 28, serving a six-year prison term for methamphetamine possession in 2014 in Oklahoma County, at Davis Correctional Facility in Holdenville, apparently after completing concurrent four-year prison terms for kidnapping, first-degree burglary, and attempted robbery by two or more persons in 2009 in Oklahoma County;
    * Johnathan Richard Whittington, 27, serving a 20-year prison term for attempted robbery with an imitation weapon, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and first-degree burglary in 2014 in Canadian County, still being held at the Cimarron Correctional Facility in Cushing;
    * Phillip Wayne Jordan Jr., 33, serving a 15-year prison term for second-degree burglary, attempted grand larceny and unauthorized use of a vehicle in 2014 in Oklahoma County, apparently after completing concurrent 10-year prison terms for domestic violence and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon in 2006 in Oklahoma County and seven-year concurrent prison terms for first-degree burglary and car theft in 2005 in Oklahoma County, now being held at the Lawton Correctional Facility in Lawton;
    * James Augustine Placker, 30, serving a five-year prison term for carrying a weapon, drugs or alcohol into a jail in Woodward County in 2013, apparently after completing nine-year concurrent prison terms for possession of methamphetamine in 2008 and 2009 in Oklahoma County and five-year concurrent prison terms for concealing stolen property in 2007 and 2006 in Oklahoma County and concurrent seven-year prison terms for second-degree burglary and second-degree forgery in 2007 in Oklahoma County, still being held at the Cimarron Correctional Facility in Cushing;
    * Jordan James Scott, 25, apparently serving post-imprisonment supervision in McAlester after completing concurrent five-year prison terms in 2016 for possession of a firearm while on supervision in 2014, second-degree burglary in 2013, possession of a stolen vehicle in 2013, and second-degree burglary in 2012, all in LeFlore County.
    More than 50 prosecution witnesses were listed on the charges filed Monday in the 2015 fatal Cushing prison riot that was investigated by the state Department of Corrections.
    At the time, the prison was owned and operated by Corrections Corporation of America, now reportedly known as Core Civic.
    The Sept. 12, 2015, riot began at 4:39 p.m. and was termed an inmate disturbance by CCA in a news release as “contained to a single housing pod and lasted approximately 40 minutes.”
    At the time, the privately-owned prison in Cushing was described as a 1,720-bed facility that houses medium and maximum security male inmates for the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, according to a CCA news release.