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Mule Creek State Prison Officials Investigating Inmate Death as a Homicide (corrected)

IONE ― Mule Creek State Prison (MCSP) officials are investigating the death of inmate Roger Reece Kibbe, 81, as a homicide.

At approximately 12:40 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 28, a MCSP correctional officer was conducting institution population counts when the officer observed inmate Jason Budrow, 40, standing in his cell with Kibbe, Budrow’s cellmate, lying unresponsive on the floor.

Medical staff immediately responded to the incident and transported Kibbe to the institution health care facility for a higher level of care. Life-saving measures were unsuccessful and Kibbe was pronounced deceased at 1:23 a.m. by institution medical staff.

Kibbe was sentenced on Nov. 5, 2009, in San Joaquin County to serve six consecutive life-without-parole sentences for six counts of first-degree murder. He was also sentenced in El Dorado County on May 10, 1991, to serve a life-with-parole sentence for first-degree murder and was admitted to state prison on June 7, 1991.

Budrow was sentenced on June 29, 2011, in Riverside County to serve life without the possibility of parole for first-degree murder as a second-striker. Budrow has been rehoused in the Administrative Segregation Unit pending the investigation.

MCSP’s Investigative Services Unit is investigating this incident and the Office of the Inspector General has been notified.

MCSP opened in 1987, houses 3,864 inmates and employs approximately 1,700 people. MCSP provides several vocational, academic, self-help, volunteer, and other rehabilitative programs.

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Jason Budrow
Roger Reece Kibbe

Contact: CDCR Press Office, (916) 445-4950 or opec@cdcr.ca.gov