FOLSOM – California State Prison, Sacramento (SAC) officials are investigating the death of an inmate as a homicide.
At around 2 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 29, inmates Osvaldo Luengas, 26, and Jose Chavez, 27, were observed stabbing inmate Anthony Oliva, 22, on the exercise yard. Staff sounded the alarm and ordered all inmates to get down on the ground. Medical staff responded and took Oliva to the institution clinic. He was transported by ambulance to an outside hospital for further treatment. Oliva succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at 3:21 p.m.
Oliva was received into California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) custody from Los Angeles County on May 12, 2014. He was serving a 12-year sentence for second-degree robbery.
Inmates Luengas and Chavez have been identified as the suspects. Luengas was received into CDCR custody from Santa Cruz County on July 22, 2009, with a sentence of 18 years for second-degree attempted murder.
Chavez was received into CDCR custody from Los Angeles County on May 27, 2010, to serve consecutive sentences of 25 years to life with the possibility of parole for first-degree murder and 20 years to life with the possibility of parole for first-degree attempted murder.
Investigators from the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office are assisting in the investigation. The Office of the Inspector General was notified.
Activated in 1986, California State Prison, Sacramento is a maximum-security prison that houses approximately 2,300 general population inmates and employs about 1,700 people. The institution houses long-term inmates, inmates requiring specialized mental health programming, and inmates with high risk medical concerns.