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Published on: 01/08/2018

Former Cushing Prison Inmate Gets 15 Years For Stabbing Guard

Patti Weaver



(Stillwater, Okla.) – A former Cushing prison inmate who admitted stabbing a guard in the neck and stomach at the Cimarron Correctional Facility has been given 15 years of incarceration to run concurrently with two 10-year prison terms he is serving at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester.

Braden Kabe Birdsong, 20, was also ordered to pay $365 restitution, a $200 fine and court costs at his sentencing before Payne County Associate District Judge Stephen Kistler last week, court records show.

His former cellmate at the Cimarron Correctional Facility, Kyle Dewayne Morris, 26, who has also been transferred to the McAlester penitentiary, is scheduled for trial court arraignment before Payne County District Judge Phillip Corley on Jan. 26 on charges of fighting two Cushing prison guards.

Cushing Police Officer Jerrod Livergood wrote in an affidavit that he believed Birdsong was attempting to kill the Cushing prison guard “by using a sharp piece of metal to cut his throat, although he did not receive life-threatening injuries because he was able to fight back.”

The stabbed guard “said just before the assault, he is pretty sure he heard Birdsong say, ‘I’m gonna f…… kill you,” the affidavit said.

When the Cushing officer was sent to the private prison at 10:26 a.m. on April 7, 2017, he saw the stabbed guard in the back of the Cushing Fire Department ambulance “with a puncture wound on the left side of his neck, puncture wound in his stomach, blood on the back of his head, and his left hand was wrapped with an ace bandage,” according to his affidavit.

The officer was advised that three Cushing prison guards, two of whom were attacked, had been assisting a staff nurse “with removing two inmates at a time to give them the TB tests,” according to his affidavit.

“During the test, inmates Birdson and Morris attacked the officers,” the affidavit alleged.

The stabbed guard was transported to the Cushing hospital where he received treatment and was released the same day, the affidavit said.

The other guard “advised that his only injury from the assault was a small cut on his ear,” the affidavit alleged.

According to state Department of Corrections records, Birdsong is serving two concurrent 10-year prison terms for first-degree burglary in 2013 and carrying contraband into a jail in 2014, followed by seven years of probation for second-degree burglary in 2013, all in Oklahoma County.

Morris is serving a 35-year prison term, followed by probation for the rest of his life, for first-degree murder in 2013 in Hughes County, court records show.

Morris had also been convicted of assault with a dangerous weapon, possession of a sawed-off shotgun or rifle, reckless conduct with a firearm, and malicious injury of property in 2007 in Hughes County, for which he was given four concurrent one-year sentences in 2011, but only served about five months, DOC records show.

Morris had also been convicted of eluding a police officer, using a weapon in a felony, and possessing a drug in 2011 in Pottawatomie County, for which he was given three concurrent three-year prison terms in 2011, but only served one year.