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District of Colorado

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Florence Inmate Sentenced For Stabbing Fellow Inmate With Homemade Knife

DENVER – Michael Kelewood, age 27, an inmate in the U.S. Bureau of Prisons system, was sentenced last week by U.S. District Court Judge William J. Martinez to serve 84 months for assault with a dangerous weapon, U.S. Attorney John Walsh and FBI Denver Special Agent in Charge Thomas Ravenelle announced.  Judge Martinez ordered that Kelewood serve his 84 month prison sentence consecutive to his prior sentence of 71 months for assault with a dangerous weapon with intent to do bodily harm.  If Kelewood had not committed the assault he would have gotten out of prison next month (June 2013).  Once Kelewood ultimately is released from prison, he was ordered to spend 3 years on supervised release.

Kelewood was indicted by a federal grand jury in Denver on August 20, 2012.  He pled guilty February 12, 2013.  He was sentenced on May 15, 2013.

According to court records, including the stipulated facts contained in the plea agreement, on April 5, 2012, at approximately 12:46 p.m., Kelewood, an inmate at the United States Penitentiary in Florence, Colorado, pulled out a homemade knife and stabbed a fellow inmate as the victim watched television in the common recreation room.  Kelewood stabbed the victim inmate several times in the neck, shoulder and eye, resulting in hospitalization for several weeks, with injuries that included a fractured bone in his spine.  The investigators determined that Kelewood believed it was his responsibility as a member of the Natives prison gang to stab the victim, with the intention of hurting but not killing him.

“Prosecuting prison assault cases is a critical part of protecting inmates and maintaining the good order of the prison system,” said U.S. Attorney John Walsh.  “Vicious attacks like this one will not be tolerated.  Those who are responsible will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”

“The FBI’s partnership with the Federal Bureau of Prisons and the United States Attorney’s Office ensures that violent criminals, even when incarcerated, are held accountable for their actions,” said FBI Denver Special Agent in Charge Thomas Ravenelle.  “This serves as a deterrent to promote a safe and orderly environment for both staff and inmates in the Federal Prison System.”

This case was investigated by the FBI with support from the U.S. Bureau of Prisons. 

Kelewood was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Colleen Covell.


Updated June 22, 2015