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Homicide at California State Prison-Sacramento Under Investigation

Inmate held in suspicion of murdering cellmate

REPRESA – California State Prison-Sacramento’s Investigative Services Unit is investigating the October 17 death of a 51-year-old inmate as a homicide.

Correctional officers found an inmate unresponsive in his cell just after 9 p.m. during count. The inmate, whose name is being withheld pending next-of-kin notifications, was pronounced dead at 9:23 p.m. He had been in prison since December 10, 2001 and was serving a 25-year-to-life sentence from Contra Costa County for assault with the intent to commit a specific sex act.

The deceased inmate’s cellmate has been identified as the suspect in this case and has been housed in the prison’s Administrative Segregation Unit pending the investigation.  The suspect, 46, has been in state prison since November 9, 1986, and is serving a 17-year-to-life sentence from Alameda County for second-degree murder.

California State Prison-Sacramento is a multi-mission institution that houses approximately 2,600 inmates and employs more than 1,700 staff.  Opened in 1986, the institution primarily houses maximum-security inmates serving long sentences and those who have proved to be management problems at other institutions.

October 18, 2012
Contact: Levance Quinn
(916) 294-3012