EBENSBURG – The sixth of 18 inmates charged in an October riot at the Cambria County Prison entered a guilty plea in Cambria County court Monday.
Evan Paul Whited, 49, pleaded guilty Monday before Judge David J. Tulowitzki in the Oct. 2 incident in which he was accused of refusing to comply with a lockdown. Prosecutors said he tied bed sheets together to prevent entry to the area.
Whited is scheduled to be sentenced at 9 a.m. Sept. 17. He is currently housed in the Cambria County Prison.
Warden Christian Smith said the riot was apparently triggered by high tensions and changes to meal procedures resulting from an outbreak of COVID-19 at the prison.
Whited, Cameron Cinko, Irish McCall, Quadir Neal, Malik Byers, Stephen Apostolu, David McCauley, Ricky Mason, Jared Nyman, Jesse Ginter, Ali Hassan, Alexis Brolin, Joshua Quigley, Chad Lawhead, Logan Mactavish, Jonathan Bierly, Andrew Colvin and Seth Long each have been charged with riot, conspiracy to commit riot, failure to disperse and disorderly conduct, according to a statement from District Attorney Gregory Neugebauer’s office at the time.
Whited, Cinko, McCall, Neal, Byers, Apostolu, McCauley, Mason, Nyman, Ginter and Hassan also were charged with institutional vandalism.
Mason entered a plea and was sentenced to 1 to 12 months of confinement. Mactavish entered a plea and was sentenced to a maximum of 12 months probation. Apostolu, Cinko and Bierly entered pleas and are awaiting sentencing. Neal and Lawhead are scheduled to enter pleas on Wednesday.
Katie Smolen is a reporter with The Tribune-Democrat. Follow her on Twitter @KSmolen1230.