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Inmate Death at California State Prison – Los Angeles County Being Investigated as a Homicide

44-year-old cellmate identified as suspect in the case

LANCASTER – Officials from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and California State Prison-Los Angeles County (CSP-LAC) are investigating the December 4, 2011, death of a 46-year-old inmate as a homicide.

The inmate, whose name is being withheld pending notification of his next of kin, was received from Los Angeles County on Jan. 11, 2010, and was serving an eight-year sentence for second-degree robbery. The inmate had served prison terms from Los Angeles County for possession of a controlled substance in 1990, arson in 1993 and assault with a deadly weapon in 1997.

The deceased inmate’s 44-year-old cellmate has been identified as a suspect in the case. The inmate was received from Los Angeles County on August 13, 1997, with a 30-year sentence for assault with the intent to commit a specific sex offense. In 1989, he served half of a 12-year sentence from Los Angeles County for second-degree murder and second-degree robbery.

The Office of the Inspector General’s Bureau of Independent Review has been notified.

CSP-LAC provides secure, long-term housing and services for minimum-, high-medium and maximum-security male inmates. The prison, which opened in 1993, also provides academic and vocational educational programming designed to encourage productivity, inmate responsibility and self-improvement. The prison houses approximately 4,000 inmates and employs 1,622 people.

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DECEMBER 5, 2011
LT. JACKIE GALAPON, (661) 729-6912