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Inmate Dies After Being Stabbed at California State Prison-Sacramento

REPRESA — Officials at California State Prison-Sacramento (CSP-Sac) are investigating the death of an inmate as a homicide after he was attacked during regularly scheduled recreation time Friday.

The inmate, whose name is not being released pending notification of next of kin, was housed in the Security Housing Unit. He was participating in regularly scheduled recreation time when he was assaulted about 7:45 a.m. Friday, October 7. Medical personnel responded and pronounced the inmate dead about 8 a.m. from multiple stab wounds.

The deceased inmate was received by California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) on December 22, 1994, and was serving an 18-year sentence for second-degree murder in San Bernardino County.

Prison officials recovered two weapons and have identified two suspects in the homicide. Their names are being withheld at this time.

The case is under investigation by the institution’s Investigative Services Unit. Additionally, the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office has been notified.

CSP-Sac opened in 1986 and employs more than 1,700 people. The Sacramento County facility near Folsom houses maximum-security inmates serving long sentences or those that have proved to be management problems at other institutions. The institution also serves as a CDCR medical hub for Northern California with a Psychiatric Services Unit (PSU), Enhanced Outpatient (EOP) and EOP Administrative Segregation levels of health care.

For more information about CSP-Sac, visit CDCR’s website at


OCTOBER 7, 2011

(916) 985-8610 ext. 3012