The Latest on the acquittal of an inmate accused of leading a fatal riot at Delaware’s maximum security prison (all times local):

3:45 p.m.

The wife of an inmate accused of leading a riot at Delaware’s maximum-security prison during which a guard was killed and other staffers taken hostage says she was confident that her husband would be acquitted.

FILE - This undated photo provided by the Delaware Department of Justice shows Roman Shankaras. Shankaras was acquitted, Thursday, May 23, 2019, of leading a riot at Delaware's maximum-security prison during which a guard was killed and other staffers taken hostage. (Delaware Department of Justice via AP, File)
FILE – This undated photo provided by the Delaware Department of Justice shows Roman Shankaras. Shankaras was acquitted, Thursday, May 23, 2019, of leading a riot at Delaware’s maximum-security prison during which a guard was killed and other staffers taken hostage. (Delaware Department of Justice via AP, File)

Lillian Oliver says 32-year-old Roman Shankaras is not a murderer, and that she knew he’d be coming home.

A jury on Thursday acquitted Shankaras on all charges related to the 2017 riot and the death of prison guard Steven Floyd.

Shankaras recently completed a seven-year sentence for unrelated riot and robbery charges. He is expected to be released from custody by Friday.

FILE - This undated photo provided by the Delaware Department of Justice shows Roman Shankaras. Shankaras was acquitted, Thursday, May 23, 2019, of leading a riot at Delaware's maximum-security prison during which a guard was killed and other staffers taken hostage. (Delaware Department of Justice via AP, File)
FILE – This undated photo provided by the Delaware Department of Justice shows Roman Shankaras. Shankaras was acquitted, Thursday, May 23, 2019, of leading a riot at Delaware’s maximum-security prison during which a guard was killed and other staffers taken hostage. (Delaware Department of Justice via AP, File)

Two previous trials against seven other inmates charged in the riot resulted in only one murder conviction.

Lead prosecutor John Downs had no comment as he left the courthouse.

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FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Delaware Department of Correction shows Sgt. Steven Floyd. Floyd died in a February 2017 inmate riot and hostage standoff at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna, Del. A jury on Thursday, May 23, 2019, acquitted an inmate accused of leading a riot at Delaware's maximum-security prison during which Floyd was killed and other staffers taken hostage. (Delaware Department of Correction via AP, File)
FILE – This undated file photo provided by the Delaware Department of Correction shows Sgt. Steven Floyd. Floyd died in a February 2017 inmate riot and hostage standoff at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna, Del. A jury on Thursday, May 23, 2019, acquitted an inmate accused of leading a riot at Delaware’s maximum-security prison during which Floyd was killed and other staffers taken hostage. (Delaware Department of Correction via AP, File)

3 p.m.

A jury has acquitted an inmate accused of leading a riot at Delaware’s maximum-security prison during which a guard was killed and other staffers taken hostage.

Jurors deliberated over two days before acquitting 32-year-old Roman Shankaras on Thursday in the death of Steven Floyd.

Shankaras recently completed a seven-year sentence for unrelated riot and robbery charges. The acquittal spares him from a mandatory life sentence.

Shankaras is one of 18 inmates indicted after the 2017 riot, 16 of whom were charged with murder in Floyd’s death. Two guards were released by inmates after being beaten and tormented. A female counselor was held hostage for nearly 20 hours before tactical teams burst in and rescued her.

Two other trials against seven inmates resulted in only one murder conviction.

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