COLUMBIA, Miss. (WDAM) - Four inmates accused of beating another inmate at a Pine Belt jail have been charged.
Major Zack Guidroz of the Marion Walthall Regional Correctional Facility said it was a random, vicious attack that happened on Tuesday.
Henry Foil, Tristan Alford, Hakeem Conerly and Derrell Thomas were each charged with aggravated assault in connection to the incident. They appeared in court Thursday and had their bonds set at $100,000 each.
Guidoz said the charges could carry up to 20 years in prison.
The victim, James Medious, was taken to the University of Mississippi Medical Center with trauma to his face, according to Guidroz.
A cousin of Medious reacted to the news with shock and disbelief.
“I’m very upset about it because my cousin is the type of cousin, you know, he’s the type of guy that likes to go around, plays his saxophone,” she said. “You know, he doesn’t bother anybody. So when I heard of the attack that happened to him, you know, I was just wondering what caused this attack. Because the person that he is, I’ve never known him to be a violent person.”
Medious is expected to recover.
Guidoz said the jail takes this very seriously. He also said the attack was not gang-related, and this has no ties to the violence at the Mississippi State Penitentiary Parchman.
Foil was in custody on charges of murder, arson and tampering with evidence in connection to the homicide of Martin Shane Lewis, whose body was found inside a burned car in the Kokomo community in Feb. 2019.
Alford was in custody charged with murder. Conerly and Thomas were being held at the jail on drug charges.
There is an ongoing internal and criminal investigation.