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Inmate Death at Corcoran State Prison

CORCORAN – On October 24, 2010, at approximately 3:00 a.m., a Los Angeles County inmate was pronounced deceased at Corcoran State Prison’s (CSP-C), John D. Klarich Memorial Hospital.

The deceased inmate, Arturo Avila, 44, began serving a multiple life term from Los Angeles County on July 31, 1989, for first-degree murder and had been housed at CSP-C since June 30, 2010.

The cause of death has not yet been determined; however, it is being investigated as a homicide by the Kings County District Attorney’s Office. The prison’s Investigative Services Unit is cooperating with the investigation and the Office of the Inspector General’s Bureau of Independent Review has been notified.

The suspect in this case is a 35 year-old inmate serving a 30 year plus two months to life term from Sacramento County for second-degree murder. He has been incarcerated in state prison since September 12, 1996, and has been housed at CSP-C since June 30, 2010.

CSP-Corcoran opened in 1988 and is a complex multi-mission institution located five miles south of Corcoran. The prison houses nearly 5,500 minimum-, medium-, maximum- and high-security custody inmates. The Kings County prison offers academic classes and vocational programs as well as community programs and work crews. The prison employs approximately 2,320 people.

For immediate release
October 24, 2010
Contact: Maria T. Cisneros
(559) 992-6104