Devonte Pigue, left, Jalen Baxter, center, and Kevin Byrd, right, have been sent to prison in connection with a fight at the Tri-County Jail in Champaign County.

Three sentenced for fight that injured Champaign County jail inmate

Three former Tri-County Jail inmates will serve prison time for their roles in a fight at the jail over the summer.

Jalen Baxter, 22, and Kevin Byrd, 24, both pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and were each sentenced to six months in prison through the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, according to court records.

Devonte Pigue, 23, pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and receiving stolen property, records show. He was sentenced to 22 months in prison.

Officers from the Mechanicsburg Police Department, Mechanicsburg Fire and EMS and the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call of a fight at the jail on July 26.

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An inmate, Derrick Lore, had been kicked multiple times and had an injury to his head, according to a police report. He lost consciousness several times while nurses at the jail worked on him, the report says.

The inmate was transported to Mercy Memorial Hospital in Urbana for treatment. Lore received several stitches for the wound to his head.

Surveillance video of the fight showed that Lore took a bag containing commissary off of Byrd’s bunk. The fight began in the bathroom between Byrd and Lore and the other two inmates joined in and began kicking Lore, the report says.

Lore told police the fight caused him to have a seizure.

Baxter was already serving a 36-month term in the Tri-County Jail for felony drug offenses from Union County, court records show.

Byrd, a cousin of Baxter, was awaiting sentencing for drug offenses in Union County.

Pigue was serving a 24-month sentence for charges from Champaign County.

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