Formal charges have been filed against a prison inmate accused in the death of another inmate at the Cummins Unit in December.

Formal charges have been filed against a prison inmate accused in the death of another inmate at the Cummins Unit in December.

Prosecuting Attorney S. Kyle Hunter has charged Robert Holland, 44, with capital murder in the death of Matthew Schiele, 22, on Dec. 8.

Schiele’s body was found in his bunk after Holland stopped a guard making his rounds at about 1 a.m.

Holland told the guard that he had strangled Schiele with the sheet the previous night, then covered up

Schiele to conceal the incident, according to prison authorities.

Holland was serving a sentence of life without parole after being convicted of capital murder in Union County. He had been in prison since Nov. 12, 1991.

Schiele was serving a four-year sentence from Benton County for failure to register as a sex offender. He was sent to the Department of Correction on June 22, 2012, and would have been eligible to apply for parole on March 15.

The charges against Holland were filed in Lincoln County Circuit Court and he will be held without bond pending trial.

If convicted of capital murder, Holland could be sentenced to death by lethal injection or life in prison without the possibility of parole.