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California State Prison, Sacramento Investigating Inmate Death as a Homicide

FOLSOM – California State Prison, Sacramento (SAC) officials are investigating the death of an inmate as a homicide.

At 11:10 a.m., Monday, Feb. 12, staff discovered inmate Juan Victoria, 48, unresponsive in his cell. Medical staff was summoned and a responding physician pronounced Victoria deceased at 11:22 a.m.

Victoria’s cellmate David Acuna, 34, was placed in restraints and removed from the area. Acuna had minor injuries that showed signs of a possible struggle between the two inmates.

Victoria was received into California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) custody from Sacramento County on March 15, 2007. He was serving a 24-year sentence for voluntary manslaughter with use of a firearm, assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury, false imprisonment with use of a firearm and inflicting corporal injury on a spouse or cohabitant.

Acuna has been identified as the suspect. Acuna was received into CDCR custody from Sacramento County on Sept. 16, 2015, with a sentence of 39 years to life with the possibility of parole for first-degree murder with use of a firearm and arson of an inhabited structure with special circumstances.

The Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office is assisting SAC officials in the investigation.

Inmate movement on Facility C has been limited to facilitate the investigation.

Activated in 1986, SAC is a maximum-security prison that houses approximately 2,100 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.


Feb. 12, 2018

CONTACT: Lt. Levance Quinn

(916) 985-8610, ext. 3012