Two child abusers killed in riot at Nebraska maximum security prison: officials BY Sasha Goldstein NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Published: Monday, May 11, 2015, 12:33 PM Updated: Monday, May 11, 2015, 10:15 PM Tecumseh State Correctional Institution Inmate Donald Peacock, a convicted of sexually assaulting a child, was killed during a prison riot at Tecumseh State Correctional Institution in Nebraska, authorities say. Two inmates convicted of sexually abusing kids were killed during a massive Nebraska prison riot that took authorities more than 10 hours to squash. Corrections officers discovered bodies when authorities, backed by state troopers, finally regained control of the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution early Monday morning after a half-day of violence and chaos, officials said. Inmate Donald Peacock, 46, was serving 40 to 50 years for first-degree sexual assault on a child when he was killed. Shon Collins, 46, was five years into a sentence of 66 to 80 years, also on first-degree sexual assault of a child. The men at the maximum security lockup, which houses 11 death row inmates, were apparently killed by other inmates, but authorities are still investigating, prison officials said. The rioting began on Sunday afternoon when about 40 inmates gathered in front a housing unit and turned on corrections officers who tried to disperse them, prison officials said. Inmate Shon Collinsa, convicted of sexually assaulting a child, was killed during a prison riot at Tecumseh State Correctional Institution in Nebraska, authorities say. One inmate was shot in the leg by live ammunition while a second was struck by a rubber bullet, Department of Correctional Services spokesman James Foster said. Two other inmates were injured by other prisoners, authorities said. The prison staffers attacked during the first confrontation both returned to work on Monday. Inmates were able to take control of a large portion of the 960-bed facility, some 55 miles southeast of Lincoln, by evening. Specialized emergency response teams had to rescue stranded employees, including a recreation staffer who barricaded herself inside a gymnasium office. "They're standing out in front of our unit with automatic weapons and riot gear," inmate Jeffry Frank, who was able to call the Lincoln Journal Star from a case manager's office in one of the prison's three housing units, told the newspaper in a 11 p.m. phone call. "They haven't moved in yet; we don't know if they're going to." The violence began after an attempt by prisoners to air grievances in the form of a petition to the prison director went south. "They came with the force," inmate Daryl Eskridge told the paper. "Nobody (inmates) had any weapons … This is not a white thing, a black thing. This is a people thing.” Two of the prison’s three housing units were involved in the uprising — not the one that includes death row inmates, a prison official told the paper. Smoky fires erupted from the facility, which opened in 2001, as inmates burned items in fenced areas of the prison yard. A perimeter had been established and no inmates escaped, and there was no threat to the general public, authorities said. "The ceilings are fallen. There's drywall on fire. There's cameras torn down," Frank, the inmate, told the Journal Star. The incident is under investigation by the Nebraska State Patrol. The dead inmates have not yet been publicly identified pending family notification. Up to 200 inmates of some 1,000 living at the prison were involved in the riot, DOC director Scott Frakes said, according to the Omaha World-Herald. It's unclear how the inmates were killed, but they were reportedly murdered by other inmates, Frakes said. Authorities had control of the facility by 1 a.m. Monday, though smoke from plastic chairs burning in a bonfire was visible later into the morning.