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Salinas Valley State Prison Homicide Investigation Continues

SOLEDAD – Salinas Valley State Prison’s (SVSP) Investigative Services Unit with the assistance of the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office is continuing its investigation into the causes of a homicide and riot that occurred on Saturday, September 15 just after 11 a.m.

The incident started when two inmates stabbed a third inmate several times with inmate-made weapons. Thirty inmates on the maximum-security general population yard began to attack each other and a riot ensued.

The inmate who was stabbed succumbed to his wounds and was pronounced dead at 11:34 a.m. by a prison doctor. His name is being withheld pending next-of-kin notification. He was 42 years old and had been serving a life-without-parole sentence from San Bernardino County for first-degree murder, second-degree robbery, vehicle theft and grand theft since April 19, 1994.

Four inmates suffered slash injuries and puncture wounds from the riot. Two were airlifted and admitted to a hospital for treatment. A third was taken by ambulance to an area hospital for treatment and was returned to the institution the same day. The fourth was treated at the prison.  They are in good condition. A few other inmates who participated in the riot were treated at the prison for minor injuries. No employees were injured.

Correctional peace officers used pepper spray and less-than-lethal force options to quell the attacks. They recovered 13 inmate-made stabbing and slashing weapons.

SVSP investigators identified inmates Gregory Hoenshell, 32, and Barry Storey, 37, as the suspects in the homicide. Hoenshell is serving a life-without-parole sentence from the State of Oregon for first-degree murder.

Storey is serving a 44-years-to-life sentence from Sacramento County for attempted first-degree murder with the use of a firearm.
SVSP administrators have limited inmate movement on the facility where the incident occurred to facilitate the investigation. The Office of the Inspector General was notified about the incidents.

SVSP opened May 1996 on approximately 300 acres in Monterey County. The institution provides long-term housing for 3,530 minimum- and maximum-custody male inmates and employs 1,395 people.


September 17, 2012
Contact: Lt. Michael Nilsson
(831) 678-5554