A man convicted of beating his seven-month-old son to death was himself beaten to death by his cellmate, according to the Missouri Department of Corrections.
Brandon Kulhanek, 38, is facing first-degree murder charges in the beating death of Daniel Wilson, 35, his cellmate at the Potosi Correctional Center in Potosi, Mo.
According to a probable cause statement from the Washington County, Missouri District Attorney’s office, a “physical altercation” broke out between the two men on Oct. 14, 2015.
Wilson was rushed to Washington County Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Medical examiners determined during the autopsy that Wilson sustained several injuries to the head, throat, and body, and died as a result of a crushed larynx.
Wilson had been serving a life sentence for the 2010 beating death of his seven-month-old son, Dawson. The infant suffered a fractured skull and severe brain injuries after Wilson repeatedly struck him in the head before dropping him on a countertop at the family home.
Documents show Kulhanek made a phone call to a woman, believed to be his mother, during which he stated his plan to assault a fellow inmate, believing it would help him get transferred to another correctional facility.
During this call, he revealed he had targeted a specific inmate for this assault.
“As soon as I get out of here, I’m beating the f*** out of him,” Kulhanek said according to court documents.
Kulhanek had several prior convictions on his record prior to the October 2015 incident. He was serving time for first-degree assault causing serious injury and violence against a Corrections Department employee or inmate, as well as prior convictions for assault in the first degree with serious physical injury, resisting arrest, robbery and probation violations.
— With files from Renee Bronaugh of the Daily Journal, who first reported this story on May 27.