A 20-year-old Columbus man facing multiple counts of armed robbery pleaded guilty Tuesday to unrelated charges stemming from a riot at the Muscogee County Jail, where two inmates were sexually assaulted, according to court records.
Iman Deloach was one of four inmates charged in the Oct. 7, 2012, jail fight, and the last to plead guilty to “riot in a penal institution,” just one of the charges outlined in a nine-count indictment a grand jury returned April 22, 2014.
His codefendants were Ormand Anthony Kirkland, 21; Calvin Rickshawn Morris, 25; and Darius Xavier West, 22. Each has pleaded guilty to the same riot charge, and has been sentenced to serve 10 years in prison.
Superior Court Judge Bobby Peters also sentenced Deloach to 10 years on that charge Tuesday.
Other charges in their indictment were dropped. Those counts included more riot charges accusing them of beating up other inmates, two counts of battery alleging Deloach and Kirkland attacked other inmates, and one count each of battery accusing Morris and West of joining in the assault.
Kirkland and West also had been charged with theft for taking another inmate's ring.
Most shocking were allegations Deloach, Kirkland and West committed aggravated sexual battery on one inmate by penetrating him anally with an “eating utensil,” and that Morris joined Deloach and Kirkland in assaulting a second inmate in the same manner.
Deloach's defense attorney Susan Henderson said her client's only role in the alleged sexual assault was encouraging others to commit it.
Deloach now faces charges related to an armed robbery spree in early June 2012.
Deloach with Dearius Ransom, 23, and Anthony Jones, 21, is named in a multiple-count indictment in which Ransom and Jones face nine counts of armed robbery, 10 of using a firearm to commit a crime, and one of aggravated assault. Deloach in that same case faces 10 counts of armed robbery, 11 of using a gun to commit a crime, and one each of aggravated assault, hijacking a motor vehicle and obstructing police.
Ransom last week was found guilty in a separate case involving two carjackings that occurred on June 28, 2012. Judge Art Smith III sentenced him to serve 50 years in prison, though he still faces trial in the other armed robberies.