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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 Friday.

Inmate Thomas Hurst, 43, was pronounced dead on July 26, 2013, at a local outside area hospital.

Prison officials have named his cellmate, Clyde Aikens Jr, 25, as a suspect in the case.

The victim, Thomas Hurst, was received by California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) on October 7, 2010 from Lake County to serve a seven-year, four-month sentence for ex-felon in possession of ammunition.

The suspect, Clyde Aikens was received by CDCR on February 11, 2008 from Alameda County to serve a 15-year sentence for carjacking with the use of a firearm.

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 2800 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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July 29, 2013
Contact: James P. Hernandez
(209) 274-5080