- Associated Press - Saturday, September 16, 2017

UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) - A prison inmate has pleaded not guilty to criminal homicide and other charges in the death of another inmate in Pennsylvania last year.

The (Uniontown) Herald-Standard (https://bit.ly/2fb9HNE ) reports that 31-year-old Daysean Brock appeared via video for his formal arrangement Friday before a Fayette County judge.

Authorities allege that Brock assaulted 51-year-old John Steckley in June 2016 at the State Correctional Institution-Fayette. A witness reportedly said Brock blindsided the victim, who hit his head as he fell. Steckley was found unresponsive in his cell the next day and later died.

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Assistant Public Defender Shane Gannon entered not guilty pleas to charges of homicide, aggravated assault, simple assault and reckless endangerment.

Brock is currently serving his 24- to 48-year third-degree murder sentence at the State Correctional Institution at Huntington.

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