Six months after Jerry escaped
from Oklahoma State Penitentiary, a serious riot broke out in A and
C units. On December 17, 1985 newly appointed security major Bobby Boone
(present day deputy director of the ODOC) ignored numerous warnings
from experienced high-ranking officers that a riot was imminent.
internal affairs investigator for the ODOC later confirmed in the report
he submitted to the State Bureau of Investigation that Jerry Holt, shift
supervisor for OSP had pleaded with Boone to reinstate the jobs he’d
taken away that day from general population prisoners. Jobs they’d
held for as long as anyone could remember. Boone point blank refused
to do anything and a very serious riot that could and should have been
prevented was allowed to erupt.
Jerry was housed in the F Cell House that fateful day, far away from
A and C units where the riot took place. A separate incident occurred
in the F Cell House that led to him being shipped out to Washington
State tagged as a ringleader. This marks the beginning of the retaliation.