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Inmate Death at High Desert State Prison Under Investigation

Inmate dies after assault by his cellmate

Susanville – Officials with the Investigative Services Unit at High Desert State Prison (HDSP), the Lassen County District Attorney’s Office, the Susanville Police Department and the Lassen County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the January 23 death of an inmate as a homicide.

This morning at approximately 7:20 a.m., a 48 year-old HDSP inmate was found unresponsive in his cell.  He was pronounced dead at 7:53 a.m. The name of the deceased inmate is being withheld pending next-of-kin notification.

The deceased inmate was admitted from Los Angeles County on September 8, 2011 with a 22-year sentence for assault with a deadly weapon.

The cellmate, 41, was retained in the Administrative Segregation Unit pending investigation into the incident. He was admitted from Los Angeles County on July 14, 2010 with a 28-year sentence for penetration with force against the victim’s will, assault with a deadly weapon and rape.

The Office of Inspector General’s Bureau of Independent Review was notified.

High Desert State Prison located in Lassen County opened in 1995 and houses 3,482 minimum-, medium-, and maximum-custody Inmates. The institution provides academic classes and vocational instruction and employs approximately 1,275 people.

JANUARY 23, 2012
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