Inmates charged in jail fight

Apparent retaliation attack leads to more charges for Erie County jail prisoners
Jason Werling
Mar 22, 2014


A Thursday morning assault in the Erie County jail sent one inmate to the hospital as a result of what appears to be an act of retaliation, deputies said.

Kory Howell, 29, of the 2100 block of Cleveland Road W. in Huron, was treated with eight stitches at Firelands Regional Medical Center following the incident.

Jail cell doors swing open just after 7 a.m. It was then Devontae Knight, Sheldon Murphy and Marieon Ross made a beeline for Howell’s cell, according to an Erie County deputy’s report.

“They told (Howell) that they knew he had snitched on (Demarriay) Fuller and told him that he better give them his food tray” the report stated.

Breakfast came and went without ado. But the trio then returned to Howell’s cell, joined by Ffence Light, and went at him, the report said.

It was then Ross and Murphy lunged. They allegedly pummeled his head, causing injuries to his eye and face, deputies said.

Howell later told investigators he did not know if Knight struck him, as he was covering his face to avoid the assault, the report said. Light, meanwhile, never swung at all, Howell said.

Sean O’Donnell had been talking to Howell in his cell at the time, the report said. He later told deputies the four men entered and told him to move out of the way because they had to speak with Howell.

“He said he … began to move out of the way as Ross and Murphy walked toward Howell and began swinging on him, striking Howell several times,” the report stated.

When Howell later returned from the hospital, he walked past Murphy in his cell.

“I thought you said you weren’t a snitch. Why did you tell on us?” Murphy allegedly told Howell.

Light later told deputies he did not assault anyone and did not see anything inside the cell.

“I asked Light how Howell sustained his injuries and Light told me Howell must have done it to himself” the report stated.

Deputies have not yet leveled charges against any of the men allegedly involved. Rather, they plan to take the case before April’s grand jury to determine charges, deputies said.

Jail surveillance showed the men enter and leave Howell’s cell, but did not provide a clear shot of the alleged assault.



People need to grow up and stop thinking that being a thug is something to be proud of. Go get a life and a's not cute "homies"


Four black guys attack one white guy! Are they going to be charged with a hate crime? If it were reversed, you can bet the NAACP would be all over this, maybe even enlisting Jackson and Sharpton to do their customary agitating.


Why don't you get your kkk friends I see you guys are trying to make a comeback.


Do you ever post anything that makes sense?


Do you and your Klan ever post anything that's not about race ?

Bottom Line

Santown419 i hope you get hit by a car. You're a waste of oxygen and other precious resources.


I hope you and your family are taken out so we won't have anymore of you ignorant sw running around bottom feeder.


Yep, they are always tough as long as the numbers are on their side.


Yes, I totally agree. It would be a "hate-crime" if it was four white dude against one black dude. Who knows, maybe they will have a spec on their indictments if they get charged. They sound like they are sending it straight to the Grand Jury. Not sure, but I think I know the Sheldon kid. Think I met his mom B4, and she has some issues as well. Heard his sister was takin out of his mothers home yesterday morning because she has has some "substance-issues" since she got with this new guy she's with.


Send them to prison, the jail is too good for them.


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yeah I want to be a gangstsa.

Tru Grit

I went to school with Ffence Light, kid has been a problem since 3rd grade. All those guys involved have been at the county jail for sometime which is no surprise if you look at the charges that placed them in there. I have to laugh because you will see things on Facebook and twitter like, "free my dude treo" or "free lil juicey" all a big joke. Howell probably did snitch on someone. The age old saying snitches get stitches applies to this incident. I also went to school with Howell and am surprised to how he has turned out after all these years. I hate to say this but those guys who assaulted Howell and helped will eventually get out and do something worse, not an opinion a genuine fact. If it had been 4 whites and 1 black you would have a lot more comments and someone crying racism. Funny those 4 didn't or don't have beef with some of the other white folks Locked up in there.

Stop It

Four against one. Typical...


Turn those punk around in real life, exclude the white boy, and lets get started....from left to right.

my oh my

Look out the Sandusky County bashers will jump on this story and start bashing Erie County now lol.........


sandusky county bashers? you must mean the government and law enforcement in sandusky county. so far, i have only seen the citizens being bashed, killed and denied justice under the law by those corrupt bashers..


Let's face it, jail is home for so many, getting out is holiday time, go wild ,do bad stuff & finally have to go home again. Jail sweet jail.


so what they beat up a junkie that robbed his on mother and since everybody wants to talk about race what about the white 22 year oldman that just had sex with a 13 and 15 year old girls after grooming them for over a year

danny r.

These four dead beats need to stop wasting the white mans air.....I bet they're not so tough when they aren't in a gang...4 on 1 really sissys?? Real stand up men there...I'm certain they'll all be fired for missing work because they're in jail right?


The white mans air you are stupid as he!!. When did the white man create air? It makes you a real man with your sw brothers who are cowards.

Stop It

SWs do not fight one on one unless it's in the televised boxing arena. It took three 'boys' to take me down one summer's eve because my wife and I went to watch the Hancrack street festival. Try a little bit of cultural diversity and get your head and body punched and kicked right in front of your wife as you make your way back to the car.


I was jumped by a car full of men when I was 15 for no reason so its bs for you to hate because a couple of thugs did that if it happened. I did have a grudge but it was stupid for me to hate all whites for some dumba$$es especially since I had so many white friends who to this day we still call each other brothers.


So you are a man by taking something a little girl said and make it your calling if that's not a sw we don't know what it is. By you and your Klan attacking people on here whether good or bad you are the same as the black sw you like to call all blacks its easy for a coward to do.


My black friends are so tired of the thugs that want to represent the black race. They are worried that these young men will unravel the years of progression in race relations.

Time will tell.


Come on dumbnuts that's what the republicans are trying to do. There is nothing that these thugs and that's what they are have done thats worse than what you guys are trying to do to all blacks ad a whole. Sorry to make it political but when we see politicians trying to pretty much bring back Jim crow and you guys in here pretty much endorse it but then make a thugs unraveling the progress of race relations. We see the same cowards come on here with this race garbage even when someone is doing good. Where is the whites that speak against that? I'm sure your black friends would have something to say about that better yet where are you time after time. You are quick to attack someone for struggling financial and quick to attack Sandusky school kids but say nothing about these white racist. Maybe you have some of them in you also .



I don't attack people who have happened on a financial crisis. We have services that provide limited help. But, I am not in favor of generational entitlement. Families that have learned to relying on someone else to provide shelter, food, clothing, healthcare, utilities and a cell phone. A do not attack Sandusky school kids. I attack the use of bribery to influence parent to take an active role in their children's education.

Do I have some racism in me? Yes. Do you have some racism in you? Yes.

I have less than my father who has less than my grandfather. My children have less than me and their children have less than them. It's an ever evolving process. Hope you participate and pass it on to your family.

PS. I'm neither Republican or Democrat. I am an American.

Bottom Line

There is one racist person in this discussion. And its clearly santown.




AGREE with what. You was there when what time, what place?


Why because I don't agree with your racist statements. Come on bottom feeder let's be real o you can't be if you agree that white mans air isn't racist.


One bitter little boy.


Ok i'll bite. Please pardon my ignorance, what is SW?