Big Sandy inmates convicted of assaulting fellow inmate

Kentucky's overcrowded jails full of nonviolent offenders

LONDON, Ky. (WTVQ)- According to the U.S. Department of Justice, two inmates at the United States Penitentiary Big Sandy in Martin County have been convicted of Assault of a Federal Inmate with a Dangerous Weapon.

A federal jury convicted Eric “Big E” Flores, 38, of San Angelo, Texas, and Salomon Martinez, 44, of Eagle Pass, Texas, Thursday.

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The Department of Justice (DOJ) says the Assistant U.S. Attorney proved the Defendants were members of the MEXIKANEMI, Texas Mexican Mafia, and had a part in assaulting an Arizona Mexican Mafia member. According to the Department of Justice, it happened on June 17, 2018 at Big Sandy in Inez, Kentucky.

The DOJ says Flores and Martinez used shanks to stab the victim several times in the back. leg, and arm. The victim also had a fractured left capula.

Two co-defendants, Rodney “Joker” Galindo, 38, of Odessa, Texas, and Michael “Taz” Morin, 52, of Austin, Texas, pled guilty in March to the attempted murder of another Arizona Mexican Mafia member.

That victim reportedly had a hematoma in the right frontal lobe, depressed skull fracture, midline shift, and extra-axial hemorrhages.

The DOJ says the assaults happened at the same time in the same cell block

Galindo and Morin face up to twenty-five years in prison. Flores and Martinez face up to ten years in prison.

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