ALBION, PA — An attack by four state prison inmates on two other inmates in a day room at the State Correctional Institution at Albion in September 2016 sent one of the victims to the hospital and led to the other victim’s death, the Pennsylvania State Police charge in recently filed criminal complaints.
Kareem Savage, 29, a state prison inmate from Philadelphia County serving a life sentence in a 2008 homicide, is charged with homicide in the killing of fellow inmate and convicted murderer Anthony R. Wilson, no age available. Wilson died in Somerset County a little more than three months after the attack at the state prison at Albion, according to investigators.
State police charge that the attack happened at 3:28 p.m. on Sept. 1, 2016, while Savage and Wilson were in the day room of SCI Albion’s “D/A Unit,” according to arrest records.
Savage first punched Wilson in the head, knocking him to the floor, then repeatedly kicked and stomped Wilson’s head, Trooper David Rudd wrote in the affidavit of probable cause filed with the criminal complaint. The assault was captured on security cameras and was witnessed by prison staff in the unit, according to the affidavit.
Wilson suffered a serious head injury in the attack. He was in the Somerset Community Hospital when he died on Dec. 6, 2016, according to Somerset County Coroner Wallace Miller. Wilson had been in the state prison system since December 1985, serving a life sentence for a second-degree murder out of Dauphin County, according to the state Department of Corrections.
At the same time Savage was attacking Wilson, state police charge, three other inmates began attacking inmate Rosco Brown Jr., 52, while the four were also in the day room. Brown was knocked unconscious during the assault and lay on the floor as he was repeatedly punched, kicked and jumped on in an attack that ended when prison staff intervened, according to investigators.
Brown suffered a concussion and bruising to his face and head. He was treated for his injuries in the SCI Albion infirmary, state police reported. The attack was also captured by security cameras and witnessed by prison staff.
Brown remains at SCI Albion. He has been in the state prison system since November 2005, serving a life sentence for first-degree murder out of Philadelphia County, according to the Department of Corrections.
Charged in the attack on Brown is Jordan M. Spoonhour, 32, who is serving a state prison sentence on an aggravated assault case out of Franklin County; Shane L. Jones-Coleman, 27, who is serving a state prison sentence in a drug and gun case out of York County; and Antwan Sheppard, 30, who is serving a state prison sentence in a rape case out of Philadephia County, according to court documents.
Information was not available Monday on what led to the attacks.
Savage, who is currently housed at SCI Fayette, was arraigned Friday by Springfield Township District Judge Chris MacKendrick on charges of assault by a life prisoner, criminal homicide, aggravated assault and assault by prisoner. Savage was returned to prison without bond in the case.
Spoonhour, who is currently housed at SCI Smithfield, was arraigned by MacKendrick Monday morning on charges of criminal attempt at criminal homicide, aggravated assault, and assault by prisoner. He was returned to prison on $100,000 bond in the case.
Jones-Coleman and Sheppard are scheduled to be arraigned by MacKendrick on attempted homicide, aggravated assault, and assault by prisoner charges on Tuesday. Jones-Coleman is at SCI Somerset and Sheppard at SCI Forest, according to prison records.
Wilson’s death was the third homicide to occur at SCI Albion in less than two years. Trevon W. Coleman, 28, was charged in a February 2015 attack that led to the death of fellow inmate Job D. Knighton.
Coleman pleaded guilty to third-degree murder and was sentenced to 18 to 36 years in state prison in July 2016. Knighton’s death was the first inmate homicide at the medium-security SCI Albion since it opened in 1993, the Department of Corrections said.
In the other homicide at SCI Albion, Anthony J. Scholl Jr., 26, was charged with fatally beating fellow inmate Theodore R. Sherlock in October 2015. Scholl, who suffers from schizophrenia and other severe mental disorders, is awaiting prosecution.
By: Tim Hahn
Published: December 4, 2017