On Monday, 51-year-old Steven Sandison, stood before a judge in Saginaw Michigan and admitted that he killed his cellmate, Theodore Dyer.
Sandison went on to explain how and why he did it.
Dyer was killed in October while serving time in Freeland for first degree criminal sexual conduct.
During Monday’s hearing, Sandison pleaded guilty to second degree murder. Sandison is already serving a life sentence for a 1991 killing.
At the request of hief Circuit Judge Fred L. Borchard, Sandison first answered questions from his attorney, James Gust, to establish a “factual basis” for why he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.
After answering “Yes” to several of Gust’s questions, Sandison then provided his explanation.
Gust first asked if he did in fact kill him.
“Oh, sure,” Sandison said. “Oh, sure, of course.”
Later in the hearing the judge asked Sandison how he killed the 67-year-old Dyer.
“If it’s all right,” Sandison replied, “I can tell you where it started.”
“Go ahead,” Borchard said.
Sandison started by saying he knew that Dyer was in prison for a “really bad case” of child molestation.
He went on to say:
That night he was trying to justify why he did it, and I told him to keep quiet and that he’d have to leave in the morning, find a new cell. But he continued to talk about it, try to justify it. So, he was a little bit bigger than me, so I got down (from his bunk), and I hit him in his face a few times. When he fell, I wrapped a cord around his neck and I took his life.