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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