New Brunswick

Man charged with murder of fellow inmate at Renous prison

A 23-year-old man has been charged with second-degree murder of an inmate at the Atlantic Institution in Renous in February.

Victim Calvin Kenny was serving a 12½-year sentence

Calvin Kenny, 27, of Fermeuse, N.L., was found injured in his cell at Renous prison on Feb. 18 and died later in the infirmary. (Sherry Vivian/CBC)

A 23-year-old Blackville, N.B., man has been charged with the murder of a fellow inmate at the Atlantic Institution in Renous in February.

Brandon Blake Colford was charged Wednesday with second-degree murder in the death of Calvin Clifford Kenny, 27, of Fermeuse, N.L., RCMP say.

Kenny was serving a 12½-year sentence for manslaughter in the death of  Steven Miller in 2016. 

On Feb. 18, Blackville RCMP were called to the maximum security prison north of Moncton just before 10:30 a.m., after an inmate was found badly injured in his cell.

Kenny was taken to the infirmary and later pronounced dead.

Colford remains incarcerated and will appear in court at a later date, RCMP said.  

In 2017, Kenny was awaiting sentencing at Her Majesty's Penitentiary in St. John's, when he spoke to CBC News.

He criticized the state of Newfoundland and Labrador's largest and oldest jail, saying inmates leave it "far worse off" than when they go in.

Watch interview where Calvin Kenny talks about how his life got "messed up beyond recognition."

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Admitted killer Calvin Kenny is among several voices calling for change in a Newfoundland prison. 5:01

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