19-year-old Dennis Poitra, Jr. continues to add charges to his list of possible offenses despite being housed in the Sheridan County Detention Center. Poitra and two other inmates are charged with battery after an altercation in the jail. The victim in the fight is reported in good condition with a few “bumps and bruises” according to Sheridan County Sheriff Dave Hofmeier.
Poitra is in jail awaiting trial for his alleged involvement with the August burglary and murder of Sheridan businessman Robert Ernst. Poitra also faces property destruction charges for breaking a fire sprinkler head in the jail last fall.
Poitra and his two co-defendants in the Ernst case face mandatory life in prison if convicted of 1st degree murder. Poitra’s trial is scheduled for March 2010.