Five indicted in Northpoint riot

The first batch of what is expected to be more than 100 cases connected to last summer’s riot at Northpoint Training Center has passed through a Boyle County grand jury.

Five former Northpoint inmates were indicted Monday on riot-related charges, with four of those accused of starting the Aug. 21 fires that helped destroy six buildings and rendered five dorms uninhabitable.

Mackenzie Curry, 25, Newell Stacy, 39, Bobby Hoskins Jr., 41, and Aaron Lee Fisk, 22, were charged with first-degree arson, first-degree rioting, and being persistent felony offenders.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Richie Bottoms said one or two more arson charges could be presented to a future grand jury.

Kurt Robert Smith, 26, was indicted for rioting and third-degree assault on Northoint guard Jesus Cabera. Smith will be the only inmate charged with assaulting a guard during the riot, Bottoms said.

Kentucky State Police Detective Mark Young testified before the grand jury on the first five cases.

Of the five, only Fisk is still housed at Northpoint. The other four have been transferred to other correctional facilities around the state.

Bottoms expects at least 100 more Northpoint cases — almost all of them involving rioting charges — to be presented to future grand juries. The next round will include about 20 cases going before the grand jury that meets on April 21, he said.

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