Inmate Beaten to Death in State Prison

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

State police say a prisoner at the Ojibway Correctional Facility in the western Upper Peninsula was attacked and killed.
Detective Sgt. Russell Larson at the Wakefield post said Monday that troopers got a call about an assault on an inmate Friday. Larson says the inmate died at a hospital the next day.
Larson didn't identify the victim, but WLUC-TV says he was 26-year-old Randolph Conner and died from a brain injury. It says two other inmates punched and kicked him and says the prison has put them in higher-security detention.
Conner was serving time for home invasion, safe-breaking and larceny.
The prison is in Gogebic County's Marenisco Township, about 20 miles east-southeast of Ironwood.


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  • by Anonymous on Jan 18, 2013 at 02:43 PM
    Live by the sword, die by the sword.
  • by mike Location: lansing on Jan 16, 2013 at 02:01 PM
    Yup another ban.
  • by Name Location: Location on Jan 16, 2013 at 12:39 PM
    The BIGGER question is, do we need to ban all punching and kicking??? Do we need to ban all prisons becuase of this??? Where is Crazy Old Uncle Joe when you need him???
  • by Bill Location: Mason on Jan 16, 2013 at 08:27 AM
    Peer pressure goes a long way these days....couldn't happen to a better group of people. OK-OK so the prison had to do cost cutting....internal house cleaning seems to be working fine.
  • by Courtney Location: Location on Jan 15, 2013 at 08:16 AM
    @Vicki, This attackers were not lowered in level of security most likely. All of them were in the same security level and because of the attack, they were placed in a higher security level. This is standard procedure for any prison. Their security level is based on crime, history, associations, and escape threat. You cannot put everyone in high security until they give you reason or else all would sue for cruel and unusual punishment. Those in prison are all dangerous in one form or another, hence the reason they are there. Some become more dangerous from simply being in a prison where hatred and hostility are bread because of the environment and the influences of those who reside there and their perception of how they are treated by staff and the overall prison culture.
  • by James Location: Lansing on Jan 15, 2013 at 07:12 AM
    You do the crime, you do the time, pay the fine. Karma is a B****.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 15, 2013 at 03:40 AM
    Sad; Stories like this is needed to show that prison life and death is a reality for those who think crime is a easy buck.
  • by Vicki faverman Location: lansing on Jan 14, 2013 at 07:00 PM
    The biggest question is not about the lose of life of the felon, but at what custody level his attackers were? And more importantly how quickly they had been reduced to the "lower level" that they were housed at? The public at large need to know how quickly, these truely violent offenders are being shipped down in custody and eventually released to the public. These offenders are being released like this due only to budget cuts not because they have been rehabilitated.
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