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Inmate Death at Corcoran State Prison Being Investigated as a Homicide

CORCORAN– Investigators at California State Prison-Corcoran and the Kings County District Attorney’s Office are investigating the death of an inmate as a homicide after succumbing to injuries he suffered during an in-cell attack on Saturday, June 30.

Inmate Shawn Keith Wilson, 35, was pronounced dead on July 3, 2012, at an outside hospital. Prison officials have named his cellmate, Chad Michael Carl, 27, as the suspect in the case.

The victim, Inmate Wilson, was received by California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) on July 6, 1999 from San Diego County to serve a 16-year to life term for second-degree murder.

The suspect, Inmate Carl was received by CDCR on May 18, 2007 from Los Angeles County to serve a 27-year to life term for vehicle theft with a prior conviction.

The cause of death has not yet been determined.  The Office of the Inspector General has been notified.

CSP-Corcoran opened in 1988 and houses nearly 5,800 minimum-, medium-, maximum- and high-security custody inmates.  The Kings County prison offers academic classes and vocational programs as well as community programs and work crews.  The prison employs approximately 2,300 people.