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Inmate responsible for 2019 riot at Auburn Correctional Facility has been sentenced

District Attorney Budelmann announced today that his Office obtained an additional prison sentence for Michael Motta, an inmate who participated in the May 11, 2019 riot in the South Yard of Auburn Correctional Facility.

On May 11, 2019, approximately 25-30 inmates engaged in a violent riot in the south yard of ACF. During the riot, Motta punched a Correction Officer in the back of the head during the riot. As a consequence, the CO lost consciousness and suffered a concussion.


On June 1, 2021, Motta pled guilty to Riot in the First Degree and Attempted Assault in the Second Degree. Today the Court sentenced him to 2-4 years on each count to run concurrently. By law, this sentence will be required to run consecutively to Motta’s current prison term.

Of the other inmates indicted for participating in the riot, Russell Williams and Philip Bradley were found guilty of their charges at trial in May and sentenced to additional prison sentences. Darryl Wright and Kenneth Scott are awaiting trial, which is currently scheduled for September 27, 2021.

DA Jon Budelmann commented: “Especially in light of recent events at ACF, we are sending a strong message what we will prosecute and seek additional prison time for inmates who violently attack staff.”



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