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Inmate sentenced to 20 years in jail riot case
By Jenna Nierstedt, Globe Correspondent
An inmate at the Bristol County jail in Dartmouth was sentenced to a minimum of 20 years in state prison for assaulting a prison guard and holding him hostage during a 2001 riot, the Bristol district attorney’s office announced today.
Richard McMullen, 34, was sentenced to 18 to 20 years on a charge of hostage taking by a prisoner and an additional 2 to 10 years on a charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. McMullen was convicted of those and a variety of other charges last month by a New Bedford Superior Court jury.
The 2001 riot, in which approximately 100 inmates attacked multiple prison guards and held them hostage, occurred on Easter Sunday and resulted in more than $700,000 worth of damage to the facility.