COLUMBUS, Ohio – A listening to was deliberate Tuesday for an Ohio inmate accused in a 2017 knife assault on 4 different prisoners handcuffed and unable to defend themselves and in a stabbing assault the next 12 months on a guard who continues to be recovering from his accidents.
Inmate Greg Reinke was already serving a life sentence for aggravated homicide for a deadly 2004 capturing in Cleveland when the knife assaults occurred.
Reinke, 38, has pleaded not responsible to the assaults, each of which occurred on the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville. A pretrial listening to was scheduled for Tuesday morning in Scioto County Widespread Pleas Courtroom. That is within the Ohio River metropolis of Portsmouth.
A video obtained by The Related Press of the 2017 assault footage Reinke repeatedly stabbing the 4 different prisoners. Reinke, seated at an adjoining desk, one way or the other slipped out of his personal handcuffs then used a home made 7-inch (18-centimeter) shank within the assault.
In 2018, Reinke and one other inmate, Casey Pigge, stabbed corrections officer Matthew Mathias 32 occasions close to the Lucasville infirmary, in accordance with an indictment charging each males. Mathias spent weeks within the hospital and continues to be recovering, in accordance with the union representing Ohio guards.
Pigge was beforehand convicted of three separate killings, together with strangling a fellow inmate on a medical transport bus. He has additionally pleaded not responsible within the assault on the guard.
After the second assault, Reinke and Pigge had been each transferred to the Ohio State Penitentiary, the state’s supermax jail in Youngstown.
In a telephone name from jail on Jan. 30, Reinke advised the AP that guards beat him “to a pulp” after he arrived on the supermax, allegedly breaking his eye socket and fracturing his cranium.
Reinke additionally alleged ongoing mistreatment by jail workers of him and Pigge, which he attributed to their actions.
“The workers are stealing from us, you already know they’re damaging our property, they’re writing faux tickets,” Reinke stated. “It is all the pieces. It is like we’re on a complete totally different planet than all people else.” He stated they “really feel prefer it’s their obligation to actual revenge on me.”
Prisons spokeswoman JoEllen Smith stated there was “no proof” that officers harassed or assaulted both inmate.
“Due to the intense, violent offenses these inmates are accused of committing, further safety protocols have been established for each the security of the inmates and workers anytime these inmates are out of their cells,” she stated in a press release.
Smith stated these protocols, in place repeatedly since Reinke and Pigge arrived, embrace every day cell searches in search of any signal of contraband or weapons.
“Each inmates are restricted on what property they’ll possess, however they’re permitted hygiene objects and writing supplies,” she stated.
A spokeswoman for the union representing jail guards didn’t return repeated requests for remark.
In January, Reinke stated he had been advised he could be required beginning the next week to put on a band “like a taser” linked to a controller that might shock him.
Smith confirmed that the Ohio Division of Rehabilitation and Correction has begun utilizing managed digital gadgets. She stated the precise coverage isn’t a public report, however that the division has said, “In no circumstance are CEDs for use for punishment or the comfort of workers.”
Reinke’s legal professional, Matthew Loesch, stated he was not conscious of his consumer’s allegations about being crushed and that he had been impressed by the professionalism of jail workers when he visited his consumer.
“That is to not say it did not occur, I am simply not conscious of it,” he stated. “If somebody’s being topic to abuse, anyone’s going to wish to do what they’ll to make that cease.”
Scioto County prosecutors initially declined to prosecute Reinke for the assault on the 4 inmates, arguing he was already serving life for the Cleveland killing.
Final 12 months, newly elected Scioto County prosecutor Shane Tieman modified course and charged Reinke with each jail assaults.
Reinke speculated that the choice mirrored a double customary throughout the jail system.
“It is like them folks on the desk ain’t even human to ’em, like do not even matter as a lot as that guard,” he stated.
Responding to allegations by one of many inmates stabbed in the course of the 2017 assault that the assault was a set-up by guards, Reinke stated he obtained a “care bundle” of latest t-shirts, envelopes and different objects after it occurred.
“They did not actually set it up, however they absolutely condoned it,” he stated.
Tieman stated he discovered no proof of a set-up. No guards concerned within the incident had been disciplined.