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Inmate Death at California State Prison‑Los Angeles County Under Investigation

LANCASTER – Officials at California State Prison-Los Angeles County (LAC) are investigating the death of an inmate that occurred on Friday, March 18, 2016.
Inmate Gordon Rowell, 33, was found unresponsive in his cell at approximately 9:29 a.m. today. LAC staff immediately began lifesaving measures and an ambulance was called; however, he was pronounced dead at 9:44 a.m. by the Los Angeles County Fire Department at the prison’s medical facility.
Rowell’s next of kin has been notified. His cause of death is pending an autopsy.
Rowell was received by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation on July 11, 2003, from San Diego County to serve a 13-year sentence for voluntary manslaughter and resisting arrest.
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MARCH 18, 2016
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