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Detention Officer Accused of Coordinating a Gang Attack on Inmate

On Behalf of / Friday, 16 January 2015 / Published in assault, battery, Personal Injury

Officer Works With Inmate to Coordinate a Gang Attack


A detention officer from the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office has been accused of working with an inmate to plan out a gang attack on another inmate in the Fourth Avenue Jail.


Twenty-nine year old, Kevin Holsome is the suspected dentition officer. He has been charged with participating in a criminal street gang.


Court Documents Showed that Holsome had talked to an Inmate about a plan:

purposely open his cell as well as other cells housing [the inmate’s] gang associates in order to assault



The detention officer is accused of having an argument with the targeted inmate. According to the court documents, the argument was over an intercom and the officer threatened to ” (cuss word) him up”.


Holsome assured the accomplice that he would open the inmates’ cell doors to let them carry out the attack. This would be while the targeted inmate would be out on his one hour of recreation time. The suspected accomplice is suspected of being a member of a Mexican mafia. Luckily, for the targeted inmate, the attack never happened.


The MCSO launched an investigation into Holsome after the targeted inmate had filed a grievance.  The attended inmate claimed that he had recieved threats from the detention officer back in December.


According to the court documents which detailed the detention officer’s threats and intimidation against the  victim inmate as well as the covert communication that the officer and suspected inmate used. They allegedly used hand signals to communicate.


The detention officer was place on “administrative leave” from the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office. Holsome was arrested on January 13th but was later released on bond. MSCO stated that Holsome had been hired back in August 2012, he had no prior issues with the department.


Source: https://www.abc15.com/news/region-phoenix-metro/central-phoenix/docs-az-detention-officer-conspired-with-inmate-to-attack-another-inmate


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