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Homicide of High Desert State Prison Inmate Under Investigation

Susanville – High Desert State Prison (HDSP) is investigating an incident that left one inmate dead.

The incident occurred on a yard at the prison Monday, Jan. 5, when an inmate was attacked by another inmate with a prisoner-made weapon. Staff recovered one inmate-manufactured stabbing weapon at the scene. No staff members were injured in the incident.

Inmate Guy Archini, 63, succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased Jan. 6.

HDSP investigators identified Edward Leiper, 27, as a suspect in the attack. Leiper was received from San Diego County on April 24, 2014, and is serving a sentence of life with the possibility of parole for second-degree murder and personal use of a dangerous or deadly weapon.

Archini was received from Lake County on Oct. 15, 2010, and was serving a 12-year sentence for making terrorist threats, assault with a firearm and possession of a firearm by an ex-felon.

The Office of Inspector General was notified.

High Desert State Prison, located in Lassen County, opened in 1995 and houses approximately 3,559 minimum, medium, and maximum custody inmates. The institution provides academic classes, vocational instruction, and employs more than 1,200 people.

January 7, 2015   

(530) 251-5100 EXT. 5501

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