Murder charges laid against inmate for Sask Pen death

Saskatchewan Penitentiary. (Herald File Photo)

An inmate has been charged with murder in connection with one of the recent Saskatchewan Penitentiary prisoner deaths.

Tyler Vandewater, 28, is facing a charged of second degree murder for the death of Christopher Van Camp. Van Camp, 37, died on Wednesday morning while serving time at the federal institution just west of Prince Albert. Further investigation prompted authorities to treat his death as suspicious.

Vandewater has been serving a sentence of three years, six months since Oct. 5, 2015 after being convicted of armed robbery and fleeing police in a motor vehicle. He has had no convictions or charges during his time in prison up to this point.

The RCMP Major Crime Unit North is on the case. They reported that an autopsy is scheduled for later this week.

According to Deputy Warden Lee Anne Skene, Van Camp’s death is unrelated to another inmate death on the same day. Daniel James Tokarchuk was pronounced dead at hospital after correctional workers found him unresponsive in his cell early Wednesday morning.

Vandewater is set to appear in Prince Albert’s provincial courthouse on June 14.

For an updated version of this story, see the weekend edition of the Daily Herald.