Authorities release inmate’s names involved in fight as death investigation continues

New details in inmate's death emerge

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The Craighead County Sheriff’s Office has released the name of the inmate involved in a fight that resulted in the death of inmate Little Joe Wilson.

According to Chief Deputy Justin Rolland, Wilson, 40, and Markus Gentry, 29, were arguing and that turned into a physical fight between the two.

Wilson died at a hospital.

Rolland said it happened in one of the detention center’s main cell blocks.

Jailers responded to the incident, entering the cell, and separating the inmates.

“It happens, it happens often not only at our facility but at other facilities as well,” Rolland said. “Those inmates get into arguments, and whether its an argument that may have perhaps started out on the street, or prior to them even being incarcerated inside a facility.”

Markus Gentry is accused of getting in a fight with an inmate who later died.
Markus Gentry is accused of getting in a fight with an inmate who later died. (Source: Jonesboro Police Department)

Rolland said that is why jailers receive 8 hours of in-house training every month to try to deescalate situations just like this one.

Wilson’s body was sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab for an autopsy as authorities investigate his death.

Rolland noted Craighead County sheriff’s investigators will be conducting the investigation into the death.

Once the investigation is complete, the case file will be turned over to the prosecuting attorney’s office to decide whether charges will be filed against Gentry.

Wilson was arrested on March 28 after police found drugs, weapons at a home in the 1800-block of Cedar Heights Drive.

Gentry was a suspect in a shooting that happened on Jan. 1 in Jonesboro on W. Huntington St.

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