Portsmouth-Two inmates at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville have been indicted for an incident involving a corrections officer Feb. 20.
The inmates, Greg Reinke, 38, and Casey Pigge, 30, are facing additional prison sentences for “attempt to purposely and with prior calculation and design, cause the death of (Corrections Officer) Matthew Mathias.” They were indicted Oct. 18 by the Scioto County Grand Jury on six separate counts for the assault on Mathias.
Count one: Attempted aggravated murder, a felony 1 offense; count 2: attempted murder, a felony 1 offense; count 3: felonious assault, a felony 2 offense; count four: kidnapping, a felony 1 offense; count 5: possession of a deadly weapon while under detention, a felony 1 offense; count six: possession of a deadly weapon while under detention, a felony 1 offense.
Reinke is serving a sentence out of Cuyahoga County from a 2004 case for aggravated murder, mass murder with firearm specification, while Pigge is serving his sentence from a 2009 incident in Pickaway County for aggravated murder, aggravated robbery, and aggravated arson. He also has charges from Ross County for escape and possession of a deadly weapon while under detention in 2009.
Scioto County Asst. Prosecuting Attorney Joe Hale said, while reviewing the surveillance cameras at the prison, Reinke was involved in another serious incident in 2017, when he assaulted four other inmates at the prison while they were cuffed to a table.
Hale said the J Block area of the prison is a disciplinary block in which the inmates are in their cells 23 hours each day. He said the mental health division ruled it was not mentally healthy for the inmates to be confined to their cells for this period. So, he said the department of corrections let the inmates have “table time” in which they are cuffed to a table.
According to Hale, Reinke was at a table by himself, and kept looking over his should to see if any officers were watching. He “slipped out of his cuffs,” according to Hale, and pulled a makeshift a knife and began stabbing the four inmates at the table. Those inmates, Darryl Pascol, Shaimeke Pugh, Maurice Lee, and Dontez Hollis, were stabbed numerous times by Reinke. Hale said this went on for 50 seconds before Hollis slipped from his cuffs and started defending himself and the other three inmates. Hale said while watching the tape, a few seconds after Hollis got loose and started fighting back, “corrections officers started pouring into the range.”
Hale said his office should have been given more information and would have had indictments at that time had they gotten the information. Reinke faces an addition 4 counts of attempted murder, as well as 4 counts of felonious assault for this incident.