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Inmate Death at California State Prison‑Sacramento Being Investigated as Possible Homicide

FOLSOM – Officials at California State Prison-Sacramento (SAC) are investigating the death of an inmate as a possible homicide.

Inmate Cleophus Bealey, 44, was found unresponsive in his cell at approximately 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9, 2016. Staff initiated lifesaving measures and Bealey was transported to an outside hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 6:55 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13.
Prison officials have named Bealey’s cellmate, Meeko Carraway, 41, as a suspect. Carraway was received by CDCR from San Bernardino County on February 20, 2007, to serve a 50-year-to-life sentence for first-degree murder. He has been placed in the prison’s Administrative Segregation Unit pending the investigation by SAC, the Sacramento County Coroner and the Sacramento County District Attorney. 
Bealey was received by CDCR on June 23, 1995, from Los Angeles County to serve a sentence of 43 years to life with the possibility of parole for first-degree murder and attempted murder.
CSP-SAC, opened in 1986, is a maximum-security prison that houses nearly 2,400 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.

September 14, 2016

CONTACT:Lt. L.A. Quinn 
 (916) 294-3012
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