News Releases

California State Prison, Sacramento Investigating Inmate Death as a Homicide

FOLSOM- California State Prison, Sacramento (CSP-SAC) officials are investigating the death of an inmate as a homicide after he was attacked by two other inmates.

On Dec. 12 at approximately 10:10 a.m., staff saw inmates Anthony Rodriguez and Cody Taylor attack another inmate, identified as Luis Giovanny Aguilar, in the dayroom of Facility B Long-Term Restricted Housing Unit.

Officers immediately responded and the inmates were ordered to get down. When Rodriguez and Vasquez ignored the command, officers used foam baton rounds to quell the incident.

Responding staff summoned an ambulance for the injured inmate, provided life-saving measures. The victim was taken to the prison’s Central Health Services Building, where he was pronounced dead at 10:40 a.m.

Officers recovered one inmate-manufactured weapons at the scene. No staff members were injured in the altercation.

Rodriguez and Vasquez will be retained in segregated housing pending an investigation into their involvement. Movement on Facility B has been limited to facilitate the investigation.

The Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office is assisting CSP-SAC’s Investigative Services Unit. The Office of the Inspector General has been notified.

Aguilar was received by CDCR on Dec. 24, 2018 from Los Angeles County to serve a four-year sentence for vehicle theft and evading/attempting to evade a peace officer while driving recklessly as a second-striker.

Taylor was received by CDCR on May 7, 2013 from Ventura County to serve a six-year, four month sentence for second-degree robbery, possession of a controlled substance as well as possession/manufacture of a deadly weapon by a prisoner as a second striker. On Feb. 26, 2014 he received a four-year sentence in Kern County for possession/manufacture of a deadly weapon by prisoner as a second striker. On July 16, 2014 he received a 15-year sentence from Kern County for attempted second-degree murder, an in-prison offense, and possession/manufacture of a deadly weapon by a prisoner as a second striker.

Rodriguez was received by CDCR on Feb. 18, 2015 to serve a four-year sentence from Los Angeles County for vehicle theft with prior vehicle-related theft convictions and possession of a firearm by a felon or addict. Between 2000 and 2015, Rodriguez served sentences for four convictions for vehicle theft and two convictions for possession of a controlled substance, all from Los Angeles County. On May 24, 2017 Rodriguez received a three-year sentence from Sacramento County for possession/manufacture of a deadly weapon by a prisoner and assault by a prisoner with deadly weapon or force likely to cause great bodily injury, both in-prison offense.

Activated in 1986, CSP-SAC is a high-security prison that houses more than 2,100 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.