Charges have been filed against two prison inmates after they allegedly killed another prisoner in January at the Ojibway Correctional Facility. On Monday, 25-year-old Delorean Earnest Henderson and 32-year-old Michael David Smith were arraigned in Gogebic County District Court on second degree murder charges.
The two inmates were arrested on June 4. They were charged after 26-year-old Randolph Connor suffered a fatal brain injury on January 11 at the prison in Marenisco.
Authorities told TV6 and FOX UP that Connor was severely beaten in the prison's TV room. He was taken to Marquette General Hospital after authorities said Henderson and Smith kicked him several times. Henderson and Smith are now in custody at the Baraga Correctional Facility. The Michigan State Police Wakefield Post handled the investigation.
Connor was serving time for safe breaking, larceny, and home invasion. Henderson was in prison a five-year sentence for first degree home invasion and assault with intent to commit murder.
Smith was serving a five-year sentence on weapons charges and an armed robbery charge.
The Ojibway Correctional Facility is a level one minimum security institution. The majority of the Baraga prison has level five, or maximum security.