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Inmate Death at Salinas Valley State Prison Under Investigation

Soledad – Salinas Valley State Prison (SVSP) administrators are investigating the death of a inmate as a homicide. On October 11, 2010, custody staff found an inmate unresponsive in his cell. The inmate was pronounced dead at 8:51 a.m.

The inmate victim, 36, was committed from San Bernardino County in February 1998 with a a 36-year sentence for second-degree murder. The inmate had been at SVSP for two months. His identity is being withheld pending next of kin notification.

SVSP staff notified the Office of the Inspector Genera, which is at the facility. Investigators from the Monterey County Sheriff’s Department have been contacted on the suspicious death.

Salinas Valley State Prison opened in May 1996 and is located on approximately 300 acres in Monterey County. The institutions mission is to provide long-term housing for both minimum and maximum custody male inmates.

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Contact:  Michael Nilsson
(831) 678-5500, ext 5554