Michael Eugene Anastasio

An inmate was found dead in his cell at the Saginaw Correctional Facility and his cellmate has been moved to a maximum security facility. 

Chris Gautz with the Michigan Department of Corrections confirmed that the man’s body was found on Monday April 8 at around 4 p.m.

The inmate has been identified as 44-year-old Michael Eugene Anastasio of Warren. A preliminary autopsy revealed he likely died of blunt force trauma.

Anastasio was serving time for crimes committed in Macomb and Wayne Counties in 2017, including home invasion and larceny.

Gautz said Anastasio's cellmate was the only one in the cell with him at the time, but formal charges have not been filed yet. 

The cellmate is a 20-year-old serving time out of Kent County for armed robbery, according Gautz.

The two had been cellmates for about a month, according to Gautz.

Michigan State Police are investigating and will turn their findings over to the Saginaw County Prosecutor for potential charges.

Gautz also said an internal investigation is underway at the facility, which is standard in a case like this.

The Saginaw Correctional Facility, located in Freeland, is a multi-level facility housing inmates up to level 4. It is not considered a maximum security facility.

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