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Inmate death at Wasco state prison – reception center under investigation

Wasco – The Investigative Services Unit at Wasco State Prison-Reception Center (WSP-RC) and investigators from the Kern County District Attorney’s Office are investigating an inmate homicide that occurred on Facility B within the reception center at WSP-RC.

On January 2, 2013, at about 1144 hours Inmate Brian J. Tansey was attacked by two inmates at Wasco State Prison-Reception Center. Responding staff immediately stopped the attack and began life saving procedures before the inmate was transferred to Delano Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased at 1249 hours.

Tansey was received at WSP-RC on November 7, 2012, for the commitment offense of receiving stolen property. Tansey was serving a 2 year 8 month sentence from Orange County.
The alleged suspects in the case are identified as Shawn C. Roundtree, who was received from Riverside County on November 27, 2012, with an 18 month sentence for possession of a firearm by ex-felon. Also identified is Charles A. Dulyea who was received from Orange County on December 5, 2012, with a 2 year sentence for possession of a controlled substance.

The case is being investigated as a homicide by the Kern County District Attorney’s Office. The Office of the Inspector General Bureau of Independent Review was notified.

WSP-RC’s primary mission is to provide short term housing necessary to process, classify, and evaluate new inmates physically and mentally, and determine their security level, program requirements and appropriate institutional placement. WSP-RC was opened in February of 1991, houses approximately 6,000 inmates, and employs approximately 1,700 people.

For immediate release
January 2, 2013 

Contact: Lt. R. Mazuka
(661) 758-8400 ext. 5013