Inmate charged in killing of Pa. CO arraigned

Paul Jawon Kendrick was arraigned on homicide and assault charges


By CorrectionsOne Staff

ROCKWOOD, Pa. — An inmate charged in the beating death of a Pennsylvania corrections officer has been arraigned on homicide and assault charges.

The Tribune-Democrat reports that 22-year-old inmate Paul Jawon Kendrick was surrounded by a cluster of COs as a judge listed the charges against him. Kendrick is accused of beating and kicking Sgt. Mark Baserman, 61, to death.

This undated photo provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections shows inmate Paul Jawon Kendrick, accused of fatally assaulting correctional officer Sgt. Mark Baserman on Feb. 15, 2018, at a state prison in Somerset, Pa. (Pennsylvania Department of Corrections via AP)
This undated photo provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections shows inmate Paul Jawon Kendrick, accused of fatally assaulting correctional officer Sgt. Mark Baserman on Feb. 15, 2018, at a state prison in Somerset, Pa. (Pennsylvania Department of Corrections via AP)

Police said the Feb. 15 assault was triggered after Baserman confiscated a towel that Kendrick used to block other people's’ view of his bunk. Baserman succumbed to his injuries on Feb. 26.

An autopsy revealed that the cause of death was a traumatic brain injury caused by blunt force trauma. Kendrick’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for Friday.

A memorial service to honor Baserman will be held on Wednesday.

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