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California State Prison‑Sacramento Inmate Death Being Investigated as a Homicide‑Update

FOLSOM – Officials at California State Prison-Sacramento (CSP-SAC) and the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office are investigating the death of an inmate that occurred Monday as a homicide.

On February 15, 2016, at 8:20 p.m., correctional officers found 53-year-old Darryl Staples unresponsive in his cell. Custody and medical staff began lifesaving measures. Staples was pronounced dead at 8:48 p.m.

Staples was serving a life-with-the-possibility-of-parole sentence from Marin County for first-degree murder and had been in prison since June 10, 1983.

Staples’ cellmate, Rambo M. Martin, 26, has been identified as a suspect. Inmate Martin is serving an eight-year sentence from San Bernardino County for assault with a firearm, his second strike. He is also serving a four-year sentence from Kern County for assault by a prisoner with a deadly weapon. Martin has been in prison since November 2013.

CSP-SAC, opened in 1986, is a maximum-security prison that houses nearly 2,300 general population inmates and employs about 1,700 people. The institution houses inmates serving long sentences and those who have proven to be management problems at other institutions. CSP-SAC also houses inmates requiring specialized mental health treatment.

FEBRUARY 17, 2016

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