Prison warden Brad Hansen says the incident is a setback for improvements made at Tecumseh since the Mother's Day riot in 2015 which left two inmates dead as well. NDCS emergency response teams have been activated. Ricketts said inmates involved in the disturbance and the loss of life, "will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law".
Michael Galindo, 31, was serving 12 to 21 years for robbery, forgery, misdemeanor attempted possession of a controlled substance, driving under suspension and sale of alcohol to a minor out of Buffalo and Scotts Bluff counties. The prison was placed on lockdown for several hours after the inmates refused to return to their cells.
Two inmates were killed and others were injured in a Nebraska prison Thursday after inmates revolted against staff members and started a fire in a courtyard.
A reported fire that was burning on a concrete slab of the small yard has been extinguished, and the housing unit is habitable and secure.
Frakes said all prison staff were recalled to the prison after the disturbance began with a small fire outside the housing unit around one o'clock.
No prison employees were injured.
"We are making progress, but this progress takes time", Watermeier said.
"This incident is a reminder that this is a unsafe business", Frakes said.
Suszanne Gage of the Nebraska Attorney General's Office said the Nebraska State Patrol continues a thorough investigation of the 2015 deaths. Almost 20 prison workers were endangered and stranded in offices and the prison yard tower that day, and millions of dollars in damage at the maximum-security prison was caused by fires, broken windows and destruction of computers and cameras. Marvin said he didn't know why the inmates were protesting.
The state prison system is holding about 1,900 more inmates than the system's design capacity, according to the departments September 2016 data report, the latest posted on the agency's website.
Frakes also says he is confident the criminal investigation will lead to arrests and convictions.