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Inmate Death at Mule Creek State Prison Under Investigation

IONE– Investigators at Mule Creek State Prison (MCSP) and the Amador County District Attorney’s Office are investigating the death of an inmate as a possible homicide due to injuries received during an apparent in-cell disturbance on Tuesday, May 28.

Inmate Orlando Carbonell, 50, was pronounced dead this morning at MCSP after prison officials found him unresponsive in his cell.

Prison officials have named his cellmate, Efrain Gutierez, 47, as a suspect in the case.

The victim, Orlando Carbonell, was received by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) on November 24, 2009 from San Bernardino County to serve a 26-year to life term for first-degree murder.

The suspect, Efrain Gutierez was received by CDCR on January 15, 2010 from Riverside County to serve a 16-year to life term for second-degree murder. 

The cause of death has not yet been determined.  The Office of the Inspector General has been notified.
Mule Creek State Prison, which opened in 1987, houses approximately 2,800 minimum- to medium- and maximum-custody inmates.  The prison, located in Amador County, provides educational, medical and mental health services and employs more than 1,400 people.

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For Immediate Release
May 28, 2013

Contact: James P. Hernandez
(209) 274-5080