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Inmate Death at California State Prison-Corcoran Investigated as a Homicide

CORCORAN – Investigators at California State Prison-Corcoran (CSP-Corcoran) and the Kings County District Attorney’s Office are investigating the death of a 63-year-old inmate as a homicide.  Last night at approximately 8:30 p.m., staff found the inmate unresponsive in his cell. He was taken by ambulance to an outside hospital and was pronounced dead at 9:16 p.m.

The inmate was serving a six-year sentence from Los Angeles County for lewd and lascivious acts on a child under 14 and petty theft with a prior and had served three previous prison terms. His name is being withheld pending next-of-kin notification.

The inmate’s cellmate, Allen Duane Queen, 48, has been identified as the suspect.

Queen is serving 259 years for several convictions from San Joaquin County, including attempted murder of a government officer, possession of a weapon by a prisoner, assault with a deadly weapon of a custody officer, stalking, dissuading a witness against testifying and making terrorist threats.

The Kings County Coroner will perform an autopsy.

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

CSP-Corcoran opened in 1988 and houses 4,395 minimum-, medium-, maximum- and high-security custody inmates. The Kings County prison offers academic classes and vocational programs as well as community programs and work crews. The prison employs approximately 2,300 people.


May 24, 2013
Contact: Anthony Baer
(559) 992-6104