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Two Separate Inmate Deaths Being Investigated at Salinas Valley State Prison

SOLEDAD — Two inmates were found deceased today in two separate incidents at Salinas Valley State Prison (SVSP).

Inmate Cedric J. Saunders, 22, was found unresponsive in his assigned cell in Facility C this morning, and pronounced deceased at 9:05 a.m. SVSP’s Investigative Services Unit is investigating incident as a homicide. Next-of-kin has been contacted. Saunders was received by CDCR in July 2013 from Riverside County with a five-year sentence for second-degree robbery with a street gang enhancement.

In a separate incident, an inmate, 61, was found unresponsive in his assigned cell this morning, and was pronounced deceased at 9:53 a.m. He was the sole occupant of the cell. His name is being withheld until next-of-kin notification has been made.

SVSP opened in May 1996 on approximately 300 acres in Monterey County. The institution provides long-term housing for approximately 3,500 minimum- and maximum custody male inmates and employs 1,395 people.

Contact: Lt. Eduardo Mazariegos
(831) 678-5554