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SATF Investigates Incarcerated Person Death as Homicide

CORCORAN – Officials at California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison in Corcoran (SATF) are investigating the death of a 72-year-old inmate as a homicide.

On Sept. 3, at 8:23 p.m., custody staff responded to an incident that had occurred between two inmates inside of a housing unit on Facility G. Responding staff ordered one of the admitted participants of the fight, inmate Mark Hudson, to submit to restraints. He complied without incident and was removed from the area.

Upon seeing that another inmate, William New, had suffered serious head injuries, staff immediately summoned both prison medical staff and paramedics from an outside hospital to deliver medical aid. Prison staff performed life-saving measures until paramedics arrived. New was pronounced dead at 8:49 p.m.

Prison officials are treating this incident as a homicide as they continue their investigation.

Hudson, 54, is considered the suspect. He was received from Santa Clara County in January of 1991 to serve a life sentence without the possibility of parole for first-degree murder and first-degree burglary.

The victim, New, was received from San Diego County in April of 2006 to serve a life sentence without the possibility of parole for two counts of first-degree murder with the use of a firearm.

The Kings County District Attorney’s Office is assisting in the investigation. The Office of the Inspector General was notified.

SATF opened in Kings County in 1997 and houses Level II, III and IV inmates. The institution houses 5,543 inmates and employs nearly 2,000 people.

Sept. 4, 2019

Contact: Lt. Allen Iversen, (559) 992-7154