Abuse and Death of Owen Barker
VIDEO: Accused killer gets nose broken in jail
Jul 15, 2014 at 9:03 PM
The Sandusky man who killed a 3-year-old boy in 2012 had his nose broken in a jailhouse fight on Friday, after he and another inmate bickered over LeBron James.
Michael Milner, 25, was treated for his injuries following the fight.
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The man who allegedly punched Milner—Bryce Stokes, 19—will likely face charges after the case is reviewed by a grand jury.
Just a few hours after LeBron announced his return to Cleveland on Friday, Milner and Stokes squared off on the basketball court inside the Erie County jail's recreation area.
Stokes later told Erie County deputies the pair had argued about LeBron in their pod earlier that day. Milner tried to instigate a fight at that point, but Stokes said he brushed off Milner's comments, according to a deputy's report.
It was later, when they were both playing basketball, that Milner tried to fight Stokes yet again, Stokes said.
Surveillance footage from the recreation area show both Milner and Stokes playing basketball. They then began to argue—Stokes said Milner threw his hands up in the air, saying “What, you want to fight?”
Milner then chased Stokes around the court—but it was Stokes who landed one solid blow.
The force of the punch knocked Milner off his feet, but he hopped up again and continued chasing Stokes around the room, the report said.
Two other inmates alerted deputies to the fight after a couple minutes and the guards put an end to the scuffle.
Milner is currently awaiting his Aug. 7 sentencing hearing, after pleading guilty to one count of aggravated murder in late May.
His case stems from the July 30, 2012 killing of 3-year-old Owen Barker, who died from a fatal blow to the chest.
Milner was tasked with watching Owen that day at a Fulton Street home, while the child's mother, Danielle Flannery, was at work.
Milner maintained Owen slipped and fell on a toy, but officials determined the boy suffered abuse numerous times prior to his death and identified heavy bruising all over the child's body.
When Milner attends his hearing next month, he'll be facing four sentencing possibilities: life without parole or life with the possibility of parole after 20, 25, or 30 years.
Stokes, meanwhile, was jailed July 5 on rape and gross sexual imposition charges for the alleged assault of a 13-year-old girl at Kalahari Resorts.
Stokes had just ended his shift as a lifeguard when he allegedly took the girl into a conference room and sexually assaulted her, deputies said.
Watch video of the fight in the player below