10 charged in Kane County jail fight
Ten inmates at the Kane County jail face felony charges for their roles in a March 5 fight in the day room of a cell block, authorities said.
Lt. Pat Gengler, spokesman of the sheriff's department, which oversees the jail, said rising gang tensions precipitated the fight.
Charges were filed early this week, records show; Gengler said it took time for authorities to determine what happened.
"This was inmate on inmate," Gengler said. "I believe any injuries were able to be handled by our jail medical staff. It took some time to sort out the incident and to investigate the situation before we were able to get charges."
No serious injuries were reported, which was a contrast from a Feb. 27 case at the jail in which Damarcus D. Gilmore, 19, of Chicago, was charged with severely beating Kennrith Foster, 48, an Indiana man accused of attempted murder in Sugar Grove. Foster ended up in a hospital's intensive-care unit for "severe head trauma and bleeding to the brain" and will need facial reconstruction surgery, records show.WCharged with felony aggravated battery or mob action in the March fight are: Johnathan M. Cerritos, 23, of Carpentersville; Francisco J. Espinoza, 27, of Elgin; Michael A. Giacomino, 31, of Elgin; Jorge L. Guzman, 22, of Aurora; Luis S. Lopez, 25, of Aurora; Anibal M. Ramos, 21, of Aurora; Bennie R. Ross, 26, of Carpentersville; Jorge Soto Jr., 28, of Elgin; Dameian J. Totton, 18, of Aurora; and Jovan T. Young, 24, of Aurora.
Gengler said no additional charges are expected.
The felony charge of aggravated battery has a punishment ranging from probation to up to five years in prison. Mob action is punishable by up to three years in prison but also is eligible for probation.