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A former Brandon Correctional Centre inmate pleaded guilty Monday to assaulting two prisoners while he was still being held at that facility in 2022.

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A former Brandon Correctional Centre inmate pleaded guilty Monday to assaulting two prisoners while he was still being held at that facility in 2022.

Connor Merlin-Laforge, who is currently incarcerated at Headingley Correctional Centre near Winnipeg, appeared virtually in a Brandon courtroom Monday to deal with the pair of assault charges.

He also pleaded guilty to uttering threats.

The first assault took place May 17, when Merlin-Laforge got into an argument with another inmate and responded by pulling him out of a cell by his hair and pelting him with punches and kicks.

At one point, Merlin-Laforge smashed the victim’s head against a brick wall and slammed a chair over the victim’s head before returning to his cell.

Correctional staff were eventually alerted to the incident, which lasted around three minutes, according to security camera footage.

The victim sustained significant injuries to his face and body.

The second assault took place June 22 at BCC, with correctional officers discovering that Merlin-Laforge and a co-accused had been choking an inmate in a cell by tying him up and placing a garbage bag over his head.

The victim later told officers that Merlin-Laforge and the co-accused had tortured him every day since April using techniques that ranged from waterboarding to striking him with metal objects. He also said he was subjected to constant harassment and intimidation.

“The victim further stated that he was threatened to be hurt worse if he was to say anything or if he tried to leave the unit,” Crown attorney Yaso Mathu said in court Monday.

“These threats included stabbing him or shooting him when they got out of jail, and [they] stated they wouldn’t stop the assaults until he was dead.”

Merlin-Laforge’s case was moved to Feb. 27 to set a disposition date.

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