Man gets eight-month sentence for involvement in prison riot

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A man was sentenced eight months in jail today for his part in a riot that led to a hostage-taking incident last summer at Her Majesty's Penitentiary in St. John's.

Her Majesty’s Penitentiary on Forest Road in St. John’s. — Photo by Keith Gosse/The Telegram

Philip James Hollihan, 28, will serve that sentence consecutively to a prison term he is presently serving.

Hollihan had earlier pleaded guilty to a charge of obstructing, interrupting or interfering with the lawful use or operation of property.

Last August, Hollihan was one of a group of inmates that went on a rampage at the St. John's prison that saw close to $100,000 in damage done to the prison's 3B units.

Inmates were yelling through a window at police that they had hostages.

One inmate told a negotiator that if they didn't get cigarettes they would cut hostages' throats.

When officers delivered cigarettes, the hostages were released. The inmates surrendered shortly afterwards.

Five other inmates were charged following the riot.

Geographic location: St. John's

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