Michigan State Police from the Sault Post are investigating the death of an inmate at at the Chippewa Correctional Facility in Kincheloe.
According to a Michigan Department of Corrections press release, at 10:32 am on Friday a prisoner was assaulted by his cellmate. The victim was transfered by ambulance to War Memorial Hospital and later to Northerm Michigan Hospital in Petoskey where he died from his injuries on Saturday.
According to sources at the facility, 62-year old Timothy Meaker and 65-year old Thomas Taborelli were housed in the same cell at Chippewa Correctional Facility. Meaker is serving a life sentence for 1st Degree Homicide while the victim, Taborelli, was serving up to 60 years for a multitude of offenses including 1st Degree CSC, Armed Robbery and others.
Exact details into the actual altercation are unclear. The MSP are working with prison staff to clear collect the details.
If the altercation is officially ruled a homicide, there’s a good chance there won’t be any charges filed against Meaker. Prosecutors in Alger County recently refused to charge a 39-year old prisoner in a confirmed homicide this past May 31 at Alger Max Prison as he was already serving a “Life without Parole” sentence for murder. Meaker is 62 years old serving “Life without Parole.”