14 gang members charged with aggravated assault in connection with January prison brawl

Several members of the Sureno gang are charged with felony counts of aggravated assault and rioting in connection with a prison brawl earlier this year where they attacked members of the rival Norteno gang.

All gang members were prisoners at the Idaho Maximum Security Institution on Jan. 4 when a group of 12 Surenos and two members of a white pride gang began a sudden and coordinated attack against five Nortenos.

The 14 men charged in the case are accused of using their fists, legs and feet to attack the other inmates. In at least one circumstance, one of the attackers hit a victim with a microwave oven.

All five victims were transported to local hospitals for treatment of significant but non life-threatening injuries.

No IDOC employees were injured during the incident.

Ada County Sheriff’s Office investigators began working on the case that same day. They developed evidence indicating the attack was planned.

Detectives sent their findings to the Ad County Prosecutor’s Office, who filed criminal complaints against the Sureno gang members in early September.

The prisoners charged in connection with the attack are: Jacob Charles Miller, Jose Antonio Garcia Jr., Eduardo DeLeon, Michael Craig Smith, Gabriel Gomez-Luna, Luis Manuel Palomares Jr., Anthony Reed Dailey-Schmidt, Anthony M. Gonzales, Wyatt Michael Landon, Miguell Antonio Prieto, Christopher James Smith, Manuel Rodriguez, Steven Jacob Flora, and Tate Brogan France.

All 14 men were in court Wednesday for a preliminary hearing, which was held in a courtroom at Idaho’s Maximum Security Prison south of Boise.

The hearing has been delayed until Nov. 6 to give the different defense attorneys more time to work on their cases.

A trial date for all 14 men will be likely set during their next court hearing.

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