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Salinas Valley State Prison Homicide Under Investigation

SOLEDAD – Salinas Valley State Prison (SVSP) officials are investigating the death of an inmate as a homicide after he was found unresponsive in his cell on Friday, October 4, 2013.

The victim, age 31, whose name is being withheld pending next-of-kin notification, was pronounced dead at the institution at 11:15 a.m. today from apparent blunt force trauma to the head.

The inmate victim was received from Santa Clara County on August 17, 2011, with a 7-year sentence for carjacking. He was a second-strike offender who had served a 2-year term from Santa Clara County in 2006 for assault with force causing great bodily injury.

Prison officials have identified inmate Brandon Scott Keen, 28, as the suspect in the case. He has been placed in the Administrative Segregation Unit pending the investigation.

Inmate Keen was received from Riverside County on April 4, 2013, with a 26-year term for mayhem and assault with a deadly weapon. Inmate Keen is also a second-strike offender who served a prior prison term from Riverside County in 2008 for arson.

Salinas Valley State Prison opened in May 1996, is located on approximately 300 acres in Monterey County, and houses approximately 3,500 inmates. The institution’s mission is to provide long-term housing for both minimum- and maximum-custody male inmates.

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Contact: Lt. Darren Chamberlain
(831) 678-5554