Convicted Murderer commits Suicide in Oakland County Jail


PONTIAC, MI – Oakland County Sheriff’s Deputies were completing regular rounds and checks on inmates during midnight shift on Monday November 13th, 2017 when they discovered convicted murderer Kevin Wiley had hung himself in his cell.

During these rounds, an inmate, Kevin Jermaine Wiley, 35 years old, of Pontiac, was found hanging from his single cell with a sheet. Deputies immediately took him down and contacted emergency medical responders as well as the jail clinic and life-saving measures were started by Deputies, including CPR and the use of an AED.




Deputies had done a routine check of his cell 22 minutes prior to his being found.

Star EMS arrived, took over CPR, and Wiley was transported to McLaren Oakland Hospital in Pontiac. Despite best efforts, Kevin Wiley was pronounced deceased at 1:35AM by an ER Doctor.

The Sheriff’s Office Special Investigation Unit was responded and is conducting the investigation.

The inmate was due to be sentenced in front of Circuit Court Judge Daniel P. O’Brien today to natural life as a result of a homicide that he was found guilty of.

Kevin Wiley was convicted in the murder of Marie Elizabeth Colburn on April 22nd 2016, in the City of Pontiac where her family discovered her stuffed in a closet within her residence.

Wiley fled the state and was located and arrested on May 11th 2017 by the U.S. Marshals Western Kentucky Regional Task Force in Kentucky and was extradited back to Oakland County on May 20th 2017. He was convicted by a jury of First Degree Murder on June 5th 2017. He has been housed in the Oakland County Jail Maximum Security block since then. Wiley had previous convictions for Dangerous Drugs, Felony Murder – Manslaughter, and Second Degree Home Invasion. He has had repeated parole and probation violations. He was on parole at the time of the murder of Marie.

He was not on a suicide watch and he had not exhibited any indications of harming himself or bizarre behavior. He did leave a suicide note. The OC Medical Examiner has ruled this a suicide by hanging.

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