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Inmate Death at Kern Valley State Prison Being Investigated as a Homicide

DELANO – Officials at Kern Valley State Prison (KVSP) are investigating the death of an inmate as a homicide after he was found unresponsive in his cell.

Inmate Carmen T. Guerrero, 48, was pronounced dead at 12:39 a.m. Preliminary reports indicate inmate Guerrero died from strangulation.

Prison officials have named Inmate Guerrero’s cellmate, Miguel Crespo, 42, as a suspect in the case.  Inmate Crespo has been placed in the Administrative Segregation Unit pending an investigation by KVSP investigators, the Kern County Coroner and the Kern County District Attorney.

Inmate Guerrero was serving a life sentence from Kings County for second-degree murder.  Inmate Crespo, is currently serving a life sentence from Los Angeles County for first-degree murder.

KVSP opened in 2005 and houses 3,707 minimum-, medium-, maximum-, and high-security custody inmates.  KVSP offers academic classes and vocational programs and employs approximately 1,800 people.

For more information about KVSP, visit CDCR’s website at

NOVEMBER 1, 2013
(661) 721-6314

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