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Corcoran Prison Inmate Dies of Injuries

CORCORAN – On February 28, 2015 at 11:05 a.m., a 59-year-old California State Prison-Corcoran inmate was pronounced dead from injuries he suffered from an assault that occurred earlier this month.

The inmate, whose name is being withheld pending next-of-kin notification, had been hospitalized in a community medical facility since February 9, 2015, and was in critical condition after being assaulted by his cellmate. He was serving a life sentence with the possibility of parole from Los Angeles County for assault with a deadly weapon and making criminal threats to cause great bodily injury or death, his third strike.

His cellmate, David Pina, 54, has been identified as the suspect. Pina began serving a six-year sentence in 2004 from Tulare County for assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury. In 2011, he also began serving a four-year sentence from Kern County for making terrorist threats.

This incident is still under investigation by the prison’s Investigative Services Unit and will be referred to the Kings County District Attorney’s Office.

CSP-Corcoran opened in 1988 and houses approximately 4,000 minimum-, medium-, maximum- and high-security custody inmates.  The Kings County prison offers academic classes and vocational programs as well as community programs and work crews. The prison employs approximately 2,300 people.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                   
March 3, 2015

Contact: Lt. Luis Martinez                                     
(559) 992-6104