BLYTHE – An Ironwood State Prison (ISP) inmate’s death several days after a suspected altercation is being investigated by officials as a homicide.
On Feb. 15, 44-year-old Henry Reyes was pronounced deceased at 3:02 p.m. by a doctor at an area hospital. On Feb. 13, Reyes was found unconscious and bleeding in his cell by ISP staff after an emergency alert was sounded.
Officers restrained Reyes’ cellmate and placed him in segregated housing pending an investigation.
Medical staff were called and immediately began life-saving measures on Reyes. He was then transported to an outside hospital for a higher level of care.
No weapons were found and no staff members were injured. Inmate movement at the prison has been limited.
Reyes was received from Los Angeles County on Jan. 17, 2014. He was sentenced to life with the possibility of parole for first-degree murder, attempted murder and criminal threat to cause great bodily injury/death.
The Riverside County District Attorney’s Office is assisting ISP’s Investigative Services Unit on this incident. The Office of the Inspector General has been notified.
Ironwood State Prison opened in 1994 and houses approximately 2,700 inmates. The prison provides academic classes, vocational instruction, work assignments and rehabilitation programs.
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