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Inmate Death at Folsom State Prison Under Investigation

Law enforcement officials are investigating a homicide that occurred Saturday in a medium-security Unit at Folsom State Prison. (FSP)
Inmate Richard Allen Leonard died after being assaulted with a slashing-type weapon. Responding staff began life-saving procedures before he was pronounced dead at 8:01 a.m. February 25, 2012, in Folsom State Prison.
Leonard, 44, was received from Orange County on September, 2, 1998, and was serving a 25-years-to-life term for aggravated sexual assault on a child.
His death is being investigated as a homicide by FSP Investigative Services Unit (ISU) and Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office investigators. The Office of the Inspector General’s Bureau of Independent Review was notified of the incident.
There is no suspect at this time. Folsom State Prison has been placed on a modified program pending further investigation.
Folsom State Prison is a medium-security facility that houses more than 3,100 inmates and employs nearly 1,000 people. FSP opened on July 26, 1880, and is the second-oldest state prison in California.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                CONTACT: Lt. Paul Baker
DATE: February 25, 2012                                                                                      (916) 351-3016