Sexual assault convict charged with strangling fellow inmate in jail

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Prince Nicholas Jervis (Courtesy VPRJ)
Prince Nicholas Jervis (Courtesy VPRJ)

A case against an inmate at the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail is headed to a higher court after prosecutors showed a video in court Thursday of him allegedly strangling another inmate.

Prince Nicholas Jervis, 46, is accused of strangling another inmate until he became unconscious Dec. 8 while serving an 11-year sentence in prison for sexual assault, prosecutors said.

He is charged with felony strangulation, according to court records.

Jervis appeared in the Williamsburg-James City County General District Court Thursday afternoon for a preliminary hearing.

Prosecutors used a video from the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail’s surveillance system and testimony from the corrections officer who broke up the alleged altercation as evidence to prove probable cause.

The Dec. 8 video shows Jervis, a Jamaican native, allegedly strangling another Jamaican inmate. At the end of the video, the victim appears to be unconscious, the corrections officer testified. He had to catch the inmate and ease him to the floor, the officer testified.

Freeman asked the officer if he was aware of any “bad blood” between the two inmates, but the officer said he “didn’t know of any.”

Jervis is serving 11 years for assaulting a female significant other, raping her and penetrating her with an object by force last April, according to court records. Jervis is currently appearing the conviction with his attorney, Paul Freeman.

Jervis was found guilty of sexually assaulting the woman during a jury trial Nov. 18 and sentenced March 1, court records show.

The strangulation charge was certified to a grand jury and put on the May 19 docket call. The trial will likely be set for late May or early June, General District Court Judge Colleen Killilea said.