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Inmate Dies After Being Assaulted At High Desert State Prison

Susanville – High Desert State Prison (HDSP) investigators are investigating the death of an inmate as a homicide.

The inmate was found unresponsive in his cell on March 10. He was pronounced dead at 9:29 a.m.

The deceased inmate was serving his first term and was committed from Riverside County on May 4, 2010. He was received at HDSP on August 2, 2010, and was serving a 90-year-to-life sentence for aggravated sexual assault of a child under 14. The inmate’s name is being withheld pending notification of the next of kin.

The deceased inmate’s cellmate has been identified as the primary suspect in the death, and has been placed into the Administrative Segregation Unit pending investigation into the incident. The suspect, 35, is a second term inmate received from Los Angeles County on September 9, 1993. He was received at HDSP on December 23, 2008, and is serving a 64-year-to-life sentence for rape with force and violence and assault with a deadly weapon. The inmate’s name is being withheld at this time pending investigation.

The case is under investigation by The Office of the Inspector General Bureau of Independent Review and the HDSP Investigative Services Unit. Additionally, the Lassen County District Attorney’s Office and the Office of Internal Affairs have been notified.

High Desert State Prison, located in Lassen County, opened in 1995 and houses approximately 4,500 minimum-, medium-, and maximum-custody inmates. The institution employs more than 1,500 people and provides academic, trade and vocational training to incarcerated inmates.

March 10, 2011
Contact: Lt. Charlie Hahn(530) 251-5100 x5501