MUNISING - Because a murder suspect cannot be sentenced beyond his current life term, no charges will be brought against an inmate accused of killing a prisoner at the Alger Correction Facility earlier this year, according to the Alger County Prosecutor.
While serving a life sentence for first-degree murder at the maximum security prison in Munising, Andre Marcel Adams, 39, allegedly murdered Carlos Love on May 31, 2012.
According to a press release from the office of Alger County Prosecutor Karen Bahrman, the prison and state police joint investigation into the homicide has determined that "Adams is chargeable with the murder." But because additional punishment cannot be ruled beyond life sentencing, no charges will be brought against Adams unless there is a change in the current life sentencing he is serving, according to the press release.
"While it goes against every personal and professional instinct to do nothing about a chargeable murder, the fact remains that we cannot obtain additional consequences for the prospective defendant," Bahrman stated.
On May 24, 2007, a jury convicted Adams of first-degree premeditated murder stemming from a homicide in Wayne County in April 2006. Adams' conviction was affirmed in 2009 with no further appeals filed, according to the prosecutor's press release.
"Steps have been taken to insure that the Alger County Prosecutor's Office will be notified should prisoner Adams pursue any post-conviction remedies and that evidence needed to prosecute this case will be preserved indefinitely," according to the press release, adding there are no statute of limitations on murder.
Adams was serving the life sentence at the prison in Munising when he allegedly murdered Love. Adams has since been transferred to Marquette Branch Prison where he is currently lodged, confirmed a prison spokesperson there this morning.
Adams' criminal history includes convictions from incidents from 1989-2006 including assault with a dangerous weapon, felony firearms charge, four counts of larceny from a motor vehicle, careless use of a firearm resulting in injury or death, malicious destruction of personal property, and assault with intent while committing a felony.