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Suspected Inmate Homicide at Calipatria State Prison

CALIPATRIA– Officials at Calipatria State Prison (CAL) are investigating the death of an inmate as a suspected homicide. 
Luis Bracamontes, 43, was pronounced dead at an outside hospital at approximately 7:00 pm on Monday, July 30. He had apparently suffered a massive stroke.  
Prison officials have named inmate Alex Olmedo, 38, as a suspect in the case. Olmedo and Bracamontes had an altercation on July 23 and Bracamontes required medical help later that day. Inmate Olmedo has been placed in the administrative segregation unit pending the investigation.
Inmate Bracamontes was received by California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) on March 3, 1995 from Los Angeles County and was serving an 81-year sentence for second-degree robbery and attempted second-degree robbery.
Inmate Olmedo was received by CDCR on March 30, 1998 from Los Angeles County and is serving a 25-year, eight-month term for carjacking, possession of a controlled substance, and disregard for public safety.
CAL provides educational, vocational, re-entry and self-help programs that provide inmates life skills, and work skills that can be used in support of their efforts at reintegrating into society.
For more information about CAL, visit CDCR’s website at
August 1, 2012
Contact: Lt. Jorge Santana
(760) 348-6002