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Salinas Valley State Prison Officials Investigating the Death of an Inmate as a Homicide

SOLEDAD – Officials at Salinas Valley State Prison (SVSP) are investigating the stabbing death of Isaac M. McCuan as a homicide.

McCuan, 40, was admitted from Contra Costa County on Nov. 14, 2013, to serve life with the possibility of parole for first-degree murder with a 35-year offense enhancement for a street gang act in commission of a violent felony. He was pronounced deceased on Nov. 7 at 12:17 p.m. and his next of kin was notified.

McCuan’s cellmate, Juan Hernandez, has been identified as the suspect.

Hernandez, 31, was admitted from Fresno County on Nov. 19, 2013, to serve life without parole for first-degree murder and a street gang act in commission of a violent felony, a 25-year offense enhancement for intentional discharge of a firearm causing great bodily injury or death, a two-year consecutive sentence for attempted second-degree murder (street gang act) with a 25-year enhancement for intentional discharge of a firearm causing great bodily injury or death, a consecutive life-with-parole sentence for aggravated mayhem with a 15-year enhancement for intentional discharge of a firearm causing great bodily injury or death, and a two-year concurrent sentence for possession of ammunition by an ex-felon. Hernandez was re-housed in the Administrative Segregation Unit pending investigation.

SVSP officials are conducting a 24-hour threat assessment. The investigation is being conducted by the Investigative Services Unit at SVSP and the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office. The Office of the Inspector General was notified.

SVSP opened in May 1996 on approximately 300 acres in Monterey County. The institution provides long-term housing for nearly 2,800 minimum- and maximum-custody inmates and offers educational, religious and self-help programming.

Isaac M. McCuan
Isaac M. McCuan
Inmate Juan Hernandez
Juan Hernandez

Contact: CDCR Press Office at opec@cdcr.ca.gov

After-hours contact: opec.aod@cdcr.ca.gov

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