Carson City Regional Correctional Facility prisoner sentenced for assaulting guard

By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 4:21 pm on Friday, September 23, 2011

Daniel Henry

STANTON — A Carson City Regional Correctional Facility guard was brutally attacked by a work crew prisoner with a pitchfork almost two years ago.
Sam Olivio of St. Johns finally was able to return to work this year — albeit on light duty with part-time hours.
His attacker was sentenced Thursday to up to 75 additional years in prison.
Daniel Henry pleaded no contest in July to assault with intent to murder — his 12th felony conviction. He also was charged with armed robbery, unlawful imprisonment, prison escape, unlawful driving away of a motor vehicle, assault with a dangerous weapon and being a habitual offender fourth offense.
Other charges were dropped in exchange for his plea.
“This was a very serious case,” Montcalm County Prosecutor Andrea Krause said on Thursday. “The victim did suffer serious injuries requiring substantial medical attention. The victim was not medically cleared to go to work until February.”
Henry was on a prison work crew, along with prisoners Ranar Cook, Dennis Hall, Andrew Lang and Lucas Schuster, all from the Carson City Regional Correctional Facility, on Dec. 8, 2009. Shortly before noon that day, Henry assaulted Olivio, then stole a nine-passenger Michigan Department of Corrections van and drove away, taking the other prisoners against their will.
An Eaton Rapids police officer chased Henry in the van, which still was carrying the other prisoners, to the end of a dead-end street Henry was apprehended just outside the Eaton Rapids city limits after a short foot chase.
Olivo was bloodied and disoriented when he arrived at a residence near the Carson City Christian Camping Center. The residents called 911. A bloody pitchfork was found at the scene of the attack.
Henry’s attorney, Randy Norton of Crystal, said his client is remorseful for his actions.
“He’s wrote me several times while this case has been pending,” Norton said. “He has inquired several times how the officer has been doing.”
Henry told Judge Suzanne Hoseth Kreeger he was glad to hear Olivio was recovering.
“I’d just like to apologize to everybody whose lives have been affected by my actions,” Henry said. “I accept my punishment.”
Kreeger sentenced Henry to from 30 to 75 years in prison.
“This was a vicious, senseless act that had a lasting impact on the victim’s life,” the judge said. “You certainly altered the course of his life on that day, as well as your own. I find that this sentence is very appropriate.”
Henry’s sentence from Kreeger will be served at the same time as another sentence from Eaton County for fleeing and eluding. Those sentences will begin after he completes his three-year prison term from his original conviction of home invasion.
Prior to that, Henry’s convictions include breaking and entering an occupied dwelling and two counts of receiving and concealing stolen property in 1992; breaking and entering a building in 1993; larceny in a building in 1994; breaking and entering a building with intent in 1994; and two counts of second degree home invasion in 2008.

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