Back in 2010, Michael Rigby, the professed leader of the Poinciana Bloods, escaped from his cell and managed to evade police officials for nearly three months until he was captured again in New Jersey. His trial had been delayed, as questions of his mental competency were challenged. He was, in the end, held to be mentally competent enough to stand trial.
At his sentencing for escaping, he tried to speak out to the Judge George Poladna when he heard his sentence, but was immediately silenced by three of the six police officers who were present in the court room. Tales of them screaming “shut up”, are among the various list of things said by commenters. They actually physically closed his mouth and prevented him from speaking to the judge.
The sentencing, which was held this last Thursday, was when Rigby claimed that the whole escape scheme was the ploy of his cell mate, and that he was suffering from anxiety. All of this conflicts with his reputation as the ferocious leader of the Poinciana Bloods.
Later this month, Rigby will be tried for a 2009 shooting at a birthday party. He is facing charges of attempted murder, weapon crimes, and a number of other felonies. He faces a multitude of jail time, including up to life in prison for these crimes.