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California State Prison-Sacramento Officials Investigating Inmate Death as a Homicide

FOLSOM ― California State Prison-Sacramento (CSP-SAC) officials are investigating the April 21 death of inmate Moizez M. Munoz, 30, as a homicide.

On Tuesday at about 8:10 a.m., inmate Richard Alvarez broke away from escorting officers, ran across the Facility B yard, and stabbed Munoz three times with an inmate-manufactured weapon. Several officers intervened and stopped Alvarez’s attack using physical force and chemical agents. Two inmate-made weapons were recovered immediately following the incident.

One officer suffered minor injuries during the incident requiring him to be taken to a local hospital where he was treated and released.

Munoz was transported to an outside hospital for treatment of multiple stab wounds. He succumbed to his injuries during emergency surgery and was pronounced deceased at 1:57 p.m.

Munoz was admitted from Kern County on Nov. 21, 2014, with a three-year, eight-month sentence for possession of a controlled substance for sale, his second strike. He was also serving a 2016 eight-year sentence for assault by a prisoner with a deadly weapon or force likely to produce great bodily injury, an in-prison offense; and a 2019 two-year sentence for possession of a controlled substance in jail/prison, also an in-prison offense.

Investigators from CSP-SAC and the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office are investigating. The Office of the Inspector General was notified.

Alvarez, 33, was admitted from Los Angeles County on Feb. 11, 2011. He received a two-year term in 2010 for attempted first-degree burglary and a three-year term in 2010 for possession/manufacture of a deadly weapon by a prisoner. In 2011, he received a life-with-parole sentence for second-degree murder, intentional discharge of a firearm causing great bodily injury or death, second-degree robbery with the use of a firearm, and an enhancement for street gang act in commission of a violent felony. Alvarez has a history of assaults on inmates and staff since he was admitted to state prison.

Activated in 1986, CSP-SAC is a high-security prison in Folsom that houses approximately 2,300 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.

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Contact: Lt. L. Quinn, (916) 294-3012