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Centinela State Prison Homicide Under Investigation

Centinela State Prison administrators are investigating the death of inmate Steven Fimbres as a homicide.

On Monday, Feb. 21, at approximately 2:20 p.m., inmate Steven Fimbres was battered by two inmates while in the maximum security yard. Custody staff stopped the attack; however, inmate Fimbres sustained several puncture wounds and was pronounced dead at 3 p.m. at Centinela’s Emergency room. There were no injuries to staff.

The Centinela State Prison Investigative Services Unit processed the crime scene and the Imperial County Sheriff’s Office Coroner will conduct an autopsy. The Office of the Inspector General’s Bureau of Independent Review was notified.

Inmate Steven Fimbres, 36, came to California Department of Corrections in 2002 and was serving a 19-year sentence from Kern County for first-degree burglary.

Centinela State Prison (CEN) is a Level III/IV General Population Institution with approximately 4, 235 inmates. Centinela employs 1300 people in Imperial County.

For Immediate Release

CONTACT: Richard Dubbe II, Public Information Officer
Centinela State Prison
(760) 337-7601