Chris quickly befriends Tobias at Oz, but soon we discover he may have different motives. He later becomes Tobias' lover, although the relationship is full of deceit and mistrust. Keller is manipulative and seductive to both genders. He has been married 4 times to 3 different women.
Prisoner ID 98K514, Christopher Keller. Convicted June 16 '98 - felony murder, two counts attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, robbery, driving under the influence, reckless driving. Sentence: 88 years. Eligible for parole in 50.
Chris' sentence of 88 years was likely a reference to his ties with the Aryans.
Much like Ryan O'Reily, Chris is a master manipulator. His biggest "target" is Tobias Beecher. Previous to Oz, Chris did prison time with Vern Schillinger . Chris was young and needed to protection, so he was Vern's prag. When he arrived at Oz, he was contracted by Vern to become friends with Beecher, gain his trust, get him back drinking, and then turn on him. Chris became lovers with Toby, only to turn on him. With the help of Vern and Officer Karl Metzger, Tobias got his arms and legs broken. While Vern and Karl enjoy the sadistic violence, Chris is seen showing regret. When Tobias comes back from the hospital, Chris is looking to make it up to him. Tobias, rightfully doesn't trust him. Chris turns him, Karl, and Vern in for Beecher's injuries. Tobias is still unsure.
The two eventually rejoin forces, along with Ryan O'Reily to strike back against a common foe, Vern Schillinger. When Vern's drug addict son Andrew comes to Oz, the three befriend Andrew, get him off the drugs, and turn him against his father. Andrew's life at Oz doesn't last long as when he is sent to the hole for attacking his father, he overdoses on drugs Vern sends him. Tobias, looking to stop the fighting the Vern, contacts his other son Hank and gets him to visit. Vern is suspicious and paranoid about Tobias' possible motives. Vern has Hank kidnap Tobias' kids, and kills one of them. Keller is blamed. Tobias once again turns on him, only this time he is completely innocent. When he sees the error he made he looks to come back to Chris, but he is so disgusted that Tobias could think he could murder a child he rebuffs him.
Tobias and Keller continue to take shots at each other, targeting each other's lovers. Meanwhile, Chris is being suspected from FBI Agent Taylor is the death of three gay men. Tobias' new roommate, Ronald Barlog, is being targeted by Taylor to implicate Chris in the crimes, in exchange for a reduced sentence. Ronald, an old friend of Keller, begins to abstain from sex with Tobias after sex with Keller. He promises to get back in bed with Toby if he can sort out the FBI deal. Tobias tells Keller. Keller then kills Barlog.
He is also engaging in deep conversations with Sister Pete, delving into both of their love lives and even getting Pete Marie to question her life as a nun. When the body of Hank Schillinger is found, dead from a hit ordered by Chucky Pancamo by request of Tobias, it's revealed the hit was ordered from someone inside of Oz. Keller takes the fall for Beecher to keep him and his family safe. He is sent off to a prison is Massachusetts. When Tobias mentions he wants to visit Keller, he tells him to stay away. When he is found innocent of the crimes, he returns to Oz with Beecher. He is put in protective custody while the murders he committed continue to be investigated. He is found guilty and is put on death row.
At the time of his death sentence, Tobias is paroled but still does law work pro bono for Oz. His first case is Chris Keller. He is able to prove the witness testimony was forced and could be disproved. The romance between the two is still very strong as Keller is taken off death row. To show his affection for Beecher, he kills the inmate who killed his father, Franklin Winthrop. During a visitation, Keller pleads to Tobias to pick up some illegal drugs for one of his ex-wives. He then tips off police to the deal and Beecher ends up back in Oz. Chris tries to approach Tobias in the gym, but he quickly dismisses Keller, saying he wished he left him on death row. Later, Vern approaches Keller looking for a friendship, blaming all previous mishaps on Beecher. Keller agrees, and tells him how he can get Vern to kill Beecher himself, without any blame.
The prison is putting on a production of Macbeth, with Vern as Macbeth and Tobias as Macduff. Keller is a prop man. He tells Vern he will switch the prop knife they plan to use for the final fight with a real one. He actually does this, but for Beecher instead so Vern ends up dead. His last words are "That cocksucker." The death is ruled as an accident so Beecher faces no blame. Keller also has taken care of the Aryan Brotherhood so Beecher will face no retaliation from them. Chris and Tobias have one last heated discussion at Em City, when Keller admits he set up Beecher so he could return. Keller and Beecher start grabbing each other, with Keller going in for a kiss. He pushes himself off of Tobias and falls off while yelling "Beecher don't!" He falls to his death. This time, Beecher is to blame and faces a possible death sentence. It's unclear what happened though.
At this time, a package arrives at the mail room with a unknown contaminant, likely anthrax. The Aryans in the mail room open it and are immediately killed. The prison is evacuated and Beecher gives a knowing smirk on the bus leaving.
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