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Brawls and Bounties Inside Hernando County Jail

BROOKSVILLE – Jailhouse brawls are not uncommon, especially when inmates are locked away for extended periods of time, in cramped quarters, with little or no privacy. Sometimes altercations occur due to more serious issues, like gang rivalries, personal vendettas, or event planned hits.

One such incident happened yesterday inside the Hernando County Jail, when the victim, Gregory Cooper says two men attacked him over an incident that occurred prior to his incarceration.

According to reports, around 8:15 p.m. Monday night, 38-year-old Cedric Walker and co-defendant, 32-year-old Michael Ferguson attacked Cooper, causing minor injuries to his head and face. Cooper was treated and released by onsite medical staff.

Ferguson and Walker admitted to the attack because Cooper allegedly burglarized Ferguson’s home. Cooper is behind bars on several counts of Burglary; however, it is not known if any of those charges are related to the burglary Ferguson claims occurred at his home. Ironically, in addition to dealing in stolen property, Ferguson also faces charges of Burglary.

Walker is behind bars for Violation of Probation and Battery. Both men now face charges of Battery in a Detention Facility.

There’s another case inside the Hernando County jail that could place one inmate’s life in serious jeopardy, due to an alleged heinous crime he recently committed against two women.

After the recent vicious attack on Samantha and Kathleen Perkins, inside their Silverthorn Country Club home, 51-year-old Joseph Panarese was arrested and booked into the Hernando County Jail. Soon after his incarceration, RNRF began receiving tips that Panarese’s life may be in jeopardy, due to an alleged “hit” placed on him by unknown individuals. We cannot confirm that a “bounty” actually exists but what we do know is that Perkins’ brother, a known gang member, is incarcerated in the same facility as Panarese.

With knowledge that a threat may exist, we asked a representative of the Sheriff’s Office if Panarese is receiving any special protection or is housed in solitary confinement. Shockingly, officials say Panarese is housed in general population, where contact with Perkins or his acquaintances is possible.

At this time, Panarese remains behind bars charged with Armed Home Invasion and two counts of Aggravated Battery with a Weapon. The victims are expected to make a full recovery.


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  • What a bunch of clowns….I like the mug shot of the WANNABE thug…top left…looks like he’s about to cry…lol…real tough…Hahahahahaha…

    Friday, 5 February 2016, 4:09 pm
  • looks like the women really bring some top notch characters surrounding crimes, dope, violence, and other nonsense into their lives. This is maybe a lesson we can show and teach our kids.

    Thursday, 4 February 2016, 6:15 pm
  • The Hernando County Detention Center was run by Corrections Corporation of America until 2010 when the Hernando Sheriff took over operations.

    Thursday, 4 February 2016, 7:16 am
  • Pole Cat, funny! I’ve assaulted a few nails with a hammer, thank goodness for nail guns.

    Wednesday, 3 February 2016, 8:37 pm
  • Bigbird, missed that, lmao, thx

    Wednesday, 3 February 2016, 7:51 pm
  • pole cat,

    never seen a jail bathroom either. i just assumed they’re not all girly looking like that. the pink lingerie was clue #1 to my thought process.

    Wednesday, 3 February 2016, 6:47 pm
  • Amen James

    Wednesday, 3 February 2016, 6:26 pm
  • Perkins should have photo shopped in some shoulders!

    Wednesday, 3 February 2016, 6:24 pm
  • Probably mommies house

    Wednesday, 3 February 2016, 5:40 pm
  • Dude sure has a “girlie” looking bathroom! Love how he has it decorated. all frilly and all.

    Wednesday, 3 February 2016, 4:35 pm
  • Big bird, what room is it? I have never seen inside a jail, saw some on TV tho. Thx?lol

    Wednesday, 3 February 2016, 2:52 pm
  • Whoops=== guess he isn’t smoking, it was the sun glaring off the backdrop and with the gold chain and tatoos, dang, I was wrong. No smokin in the jail lmao. Idk

    Wednesday, 3 February 2016, 2:36 pm
  • pole cat,

    thats not a jail bathroom.

    Wednesday, 3 February 2016, 2:27 pm
  • Yup that’s their story and they are sticking to it. Rumor has it that the daughter was in on the beating and **** went downhill. Remember innocent until proven guilty. That bitch isn’t innocent either.
    Gina Francolino and your comment on facebook. How do you know? You are using John Pauls last name while he’s locked up. Did you ever collect the money owed to him that you were b****ing about on his facebook before you deactivated that dealer and pushers account? Yup you are all useless and can all beat the **** out of each other.
    I think all communications in and out of the jail need to be monitored and codes need broken. Then those on the outside helping those on the inside can be charged too.
    I’m sick of what these junkies and meth heads have done to our area.

    Wednesday, 3 February 2016, 1:43 pm
  • Actually you don’t assualt ANYONE with a hammer, or anything else for that matter you don’t rob,steal,sell drugs etc. You can smoke in the jail??? Or was I the only one to notice that, Wow

    Wednesday, 3 February 2016, 1:16 pm
  • When you attack 2 women with a hammer you deserve to get beat down in jail by Perkins and any other inmate in which ever block they put dude in. You dont assault girls with hammers wtf

    Wednesday, 3 February 2016, 11:08 am
  • Good article Tom, pickles likes those tattooed up guys he said uummm..have a great day

    Wednesday, 3 February 2016, 11:05 am
  • I spent fifteen years in prison got out at
    aged,thirty eight moved to Hernando county
    married and helped my wife list and sell million’s
    in real estate.
    Marriage didn’t work out but paid off two mortgages
    and left my wife and daughter,
    with a home on Hernando beach that was paid for.
    The point is people can change,
    ignorant people can still learn but my momma always
    said stupid is as stupid does.
    The second point is,
    The country is but only a reflection of what I have
    sadly read here.
    My name is,
    James McLain my wife is Karen Cook.
    I have written one hundred book’s of poetry under the
    name of,
    is it poetry .. Google it ..
    The violence that is in your hearts is a reflection on you
    and your children are a true mirror of you and your Value’s.
    People do bad things,that what jail’s are for to sort these
    thing’s out.
    Last I knew the Hernando county jail is run for a profit,
    which is immoral and wrong.

    Wednesday, 3 February 2016, 10:16 am
  • Pickles I’m a “Law Abiding Citizen”, I would love to know the outcome of this story. The creep that beat the 2 women with a hammer is beat up by a couple of guys in jail yes sorry I want to read about it here. I hope he is scared to death. He’s probably with the general population because the guards would love to see him beat up. A little for diversity is good!

    Wednesday, 3 February 2016, 9:32 am
  • Look pimples McGee, you don’t like the story….MOVE ON. Go find another one elsewhere to troll. Keep your rude mouth and opinions to yourself.

    Excellent story Tom. Karma knows no limits…good to hear these losers are in there to finish each other off. They serve justice much faster than these stupid courts do….

    Wednesday, 3 February 2016, 9:14 am
  • Traditional news sources don’t report jailhouse tensions until someone gets killed, so thanks, Tom, for letting us know that these suspects have a lot to worry about as they languish on our taxpayer dollars.

    Wednesday, 3 February 2016, 8:43 am
  • Hey Pickles, If you don’t like the news here, change the channel. You will not be missed.

    Wednesday, 3 February 2016, 8:01 am
  • We have real men and women fighting for our country and the American way (freedom) let these sh*t birds rot in a stink hole and kill one another, we don’t really care………..

    Wednesday, 3 February 2016, 5:22 am
  • Panarese/Perkins
    Who was the the tipster? The girlfriend/wife he beat up? They will be back together soon after the charges are lowered and bail is made…then him and the brother will be best friends again.

    Tuesday, 2 February 2016, 10:14 pm
  • No law abiding citizen cares about jailhouse brawls. Get a real story Lemons. Who cares. Let them beat the hell out of each other. Go back to ambulance chasing and having half of a story, that’s your jam.

    Tuesday, 2 February 2016, 8:42 pm
  • it’s a small world after all…………

    Tuesday, 2 February 2016, 8:28 pm
  • If I had MY way, I’d turn them all loose in one common area,
    where they may kill EACH OTHER.
    Let the inmates serve the justice since the courts don’t, INMATE STYLE!!

    Now that would be true justice! 🙂

    Tuesday, 2 February 2016, 8:27 pm
  • And we care what happens to these dirtbags why?

    Tuesday, 2 February 2016, 7:49 pm
  • ONLY THE STRONG SURVIVE! If you’re gonna be stupid you better be tough. KARMA

    Tuesday, 2 February 2016, 7:39 pm
  • Well isn’t that a charming bunch.

    Tuesday, 2 February 2016, 6:51 pm
  • Sorry. Damn spell check . . . Panarese.

    Tuesday, 2 February 2016, 6:48 pm
  • Perkins in jail for being a bad guy . Pancreas in jail for hurting Perkins mom & sister. Hmmm. Carma knows no boundaries . . . .

    Tuesday, 2 February 2016, 6:46 pm
  • Good, one thug takes care of another.

    Tuesday, 2 February 2016, 6:32 pm

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