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Man dies following attack by fellow inmates at Muskegon correctional facility

MDOC says it happened at the Earnest C. Brooks Correctional Facility in Muskegon around 3:30 p.m.
Entry to Earnest C. Brooks Correctional Facility as seen on Google Street View.

MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich. — A man has died after being attacked by two fellow inmates on Saturday, according to the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC). He was identified Monday as Joshua Kenneth Stead, 40.

Credit: MDOC

MDOC says it happened at the Earnest C. Brooks Correctional Facility in Muskegon around 3:30 p.m., after two inmates walked into another prisoners cell and attacked Stead with a weapon.

In the statement from MDOC, they say the two inmates were in the cell for less than a minute. The prisoner who was attacked walked out of his cell in need of medical assistance shortly after. 

He was taken to the hospital where he later died. 

The weapon and motive in this attack is still unknown.

MDOC has identified the two prisoners believed to be responsible, and they have been placed in segregation, as well as the deceased prisoner’s cell mate.

Stead had been locked up since 2017 for convictions in Chippewa County in the Upper Peninsula. In 2017, he pleaded no contest to assault and fleeing from a police officer. Records show he had previous convictions in Genesee, Antrim and Grand Traverse counties.

Michigan State Police have been notified and are investigating. 

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