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Inmate death at Calipatria state prison under investigation

Inmate held in suspicion of murdering cellmate

CALIPATRIA – Investigators with Calipatria State Prison (CAL) and the Imperial County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the January 21 death of a 30-year-old inmate as a homicide. He was pronounced dead at 7:40 a.m. after an attack from his cellmate.

The deceased inmate, whose name is being withheld pending next-of-kin notifications, was committed from Los Angeles County on May 30, 2006 with a sentence of 68-years, 4-months to life for three counts of second-degree robbery and possession of a firearm by an ex-felon.

The deceased inmate’s cellmate has been identified at the suspect in this case and was housed in the prison’s Administrative Segregation Unit pending the investigation. The suspect, 30, was committed from Los Angeles County on September 12, 2008 with a 40-year sentence for second-degree murder.

Prison officials notified the Imperial County District Attorney’s Office and the Office of the Inspector General’s Bureau of Independent Review.

CAL opened in 1992, houses approximately 3,400 minimum- and maximum-custody inmates and employs approximately 1,260 people. The Imperial County prison provides vocational and academic education programs and work programs. Additionally, a portion of the prison is designated for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to house those inmates with active immigration holds who are within 30 to 45 days of their scheduled release dates.

For immediate release
January 22, 2013                   
Contact: Lt. Jorge Santana
(760) 348- 6002