Brendan Dassey has been transferred to Columbia Correctional Institution in Portage. Dassey recently made famous by the Netflix documentary “Making a Murderer” is serving a life sentence for his part assisting his uncle Steven Avery in the 2005 murder of 25-year-old Teresa Haibach in Manitowoc, according WTAQ.
Dassey, 26, was convicted on April 25, 2021 of first-degree intentional homicide, mutilation of a corpse and second-degree sexual assault. After Brendan was sentenced, he was transferred to the Dodge County reception center.
After two years, the inmate was then transferred to Dodge Correctional Institution, before being returned briefly to Manitowoc County and then transferring to Green Bay Correctional Institution. Despite the inmate’s new celebrity status, former CCI Sgt. Faye Hart said, “They probably won’t give him any special treatment.”
Brendan Dassey was transferred into a segregation unit to start with and will later be moved to a single cell and then general population, said former CCI Sgt. Tina Martin. The DOC has not specified a reason for the transfer, but that inmate transfers are commonplace.
“Granted that the stuff is new to TV, but their case isn’t new,” said Martin. “And Steve Avery used to be in Columbia right after (he was convicted and sentenced).”
The primary concern in their movement for DOC staff would be ensuring that Steve Avery and Brandan Dassey are not housed in the same facility. Avery is currently serving a life sentence in Waupun Correctional Institution. A petition on Change.org, started by a man registered as from Biggleswade, UK, collected 10,643 supporters.
“Steven Avery should be exonerated at once by governor’s pardon, and the Manitowoc County officials complicit in his two false imprisonments should be held accountable to the highest extent of the U.S. criminal and civil justice systems.”
A spokesperson for Gov. Scott Walker told reporters on Jan. 5 that he has no intention of getting involved in the case.
Avery is behind bars at the Waupun Correctional Institution and has no chance of parole. Dassex’s first shot at parole will come in 2048.
Sources say Brendan Dassey was transferred because the convict has become a high profile as a result of “Making A Murderer.”