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Prison lockdowns not common, but might have been right call after courthouse shooting

Separating inmates gives jailers time to gauge risks, say corrections experts.

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In April 2011, the facility was locked down after Jacob Eacker, a documented member of the Juggalos gang, killed his cellmate, Alfonso Lopez.

The resulting lockdown lasted about a week, Adams said.

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Before that, the facility shut down temporarily following the June 2010 execution of Ronnie Lee Gardner. That, Adams said, is standard procedure around executions.

In June 2007, the facility shut down after prisoner Curtis Allgier overpowered Officer Stephen Anderson on their way to University Medical Center and shot and killed the officer.

Prison officials declined to specify how many known TCG members are housed in Utah’s prison facilities today.

The witness, who was reportedly testifying about life in the TCG when Angilau allegedly charged, was identified by defense attorney Steven Killpack as 31-year-old Vaiola Mataele Tenifa.

He was uninjured in the attack, but due to continued safety concerns after Monday’s incident, authorities are not disclosing his whereabouts.

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