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California State Prison, Sacramento Investigating Inmate Death as a Homicide

SACRAMENTO – Officials at California State Prison, Sacramento (CSP-SAC) are investigating the death of 25-year-old inmate Braydon Lesseos as a homicide.

On Dec. 25 at approximately 1:10 p.m. during a security check, prison staff discovered Lesseos unresponsive and with multiple stab wounds in his cell. Officers immediately called 911 and removed Lesseos’ cellmate, 26-year-old Jordan Greendahl. No force was used and no staff were injured.

Medical staff arrived and began life-saving measures on Lesseos, which continued as he was transported to the prison’s Central Health Building. Paramedics arrived but were unsuccessful and Lesseos was pronounced deceased at 1:45 p.m.

Lesseos was received from Yolo County on Aug. 16, 2018. He was sentenced to 11 years for assault with a semiautomatic firearm and possession of a controlled substance while armed with a loaded firearm.

One inmate manufactured weapon was recovered from the crime scene. CSP-SAC’s Investigative Services Unit is investigating the case and the Office of the Inspector General has been notified.

CDCR has identified Greendahl as the suspect in the homicide and has been moved to segregated housing pending the investigation.

Greendahl was received from Sacramento County on Dec. 31, 2018. He was sentenced to eight years for arson of a structure or forest land, vehicle theft and arson of property.

Activated in 1986, CSP-SAC is a high-security prison that houses more than 2,230 inmates and employs about 1,800 people. The institution houses long-term inmates, inmates requiring specialized mental health programming, and inmates with high-risk medical concerns.

Incarcerated person Braydon Lesseos
Braydon Lesseos (Higher resolution not available)

incarcerated person Jordan Greendahl
Jordan Greendahl


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