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Inmate Death at California Men’s Colony Under Investigation

Homicide suspect has been identified and segregated
SAN LUIS OBISPO – A California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) inmate assigned to California Men’s Colony (CMC) died of presumed injuries resulting from a one-on-one physical altercation with another inmate Saturday morning while at his work assignment in a facility dining room.
A suspect has been identified and is currently housed in the Administrative Segregation Unit.  CMC Facility C has been placed on a modified program pending further investigation.
The deceased inmate, Michael Walsh, 51, was at his assigned job in the Facility C Dining Room on April 21 when he was found by a correctional officer lying face down and unresponsive.  Walsh was transported by ambulance to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead at 9:05a.m.
Walsh was received from Kern County on June 30, 1997, with a life sentence for multiple charges including assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer, false imprisonment, sexual assault with force, and assault with a deadly weapon.
His death is being investigated as a homicide by the CMC Investigative Services Unit and the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office. The Office of the Inspector General’s Bureau of Independent Review was also notified of the incident.
CMC is a multi-mission institution that houses more than 5,500 inmates, employs nearly 1,800 people, and includes a general acute care hospital, CAL-Fire fire camp, substance abuse treatment programs, an accredited school, and an extensive Prison Industries Authority program.

April 23, 2012
Contact: Lt. Dean Spears
(805) 547-7900 ext. 7948