WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – After both Kevin Johns and Richard Ware pleaded guilty to their involvement in a hostage situation at the Trumbull County Jail Tuesday and Wednesday, Sheriff Thomas Altiere is reflecting back on that day.
“It really made us prepare for if anything would ever happen to that magnitude,” Altiere said.
Authorities said on April 23 of 2014 that Johns, Ware, and David Martin were involved in an uprising inside the facility where the three men tied sheets around a door handle, locking a corrections officer inside.
“We had all the handles in the jail replaced so that can never happen again, and I think perhaps one of the biggest things that it made our correctional officers realize that really something serious can happen and be on alert at all times,” Altiere said.
Martin has since been moved to the Ohio State Penitentiary where he’s on lockdown for 23 hours a day, but Johns and Ware remained at the jail on High Street in Warren.
Sheriff Altiere said corrections officers here at the jail are breathing a sigh of relief knowing that both Ware and Johns will soon be out of their facility.
Ware and Johns will each be spending at least three decades behind bars.
“It didn’t seem prudent to bring (Martin) back to try him on these cases because, effectively, he’ll eventually be put to death by the state,” Trumbull County Assistant Prosecutor Mike Burnett said. “At this point he is a serious security risk and it just didn’t seem worth the effort to bring him back.”
The corrections officer who police say was held hostage is back at work, and Sheriff Altiere says he’s doing fine.