Friday, October 2, 2015

Condemned Inmate Alfredo Prieto Executed in Virginia

SACRAMENTO — Condemned inmate Alfredo Rolando Prieto, 49, who had death sentences in California and Virginia, was executed by lethal injection on October 1, 2015, by the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Prieto was on death row in California for the kidnapping, rape and murder of 15-year-old Yvette Woodruff. On September 2, 1990, Prieto and two crime partners used a handgun to kidnap and rob Woodruff, her girlfriend and her girlfriend’s mother. The three victims were taken to an abandoned building where they were forcibly raped. Woodruff was shot in the head by Prieto. The other two victims were stabbed by his crime partners, but survived.

Prieto was sentenced to death by a San Bernardino County jury on June 18, 1992, for first-degree murder with the special circumstances of rape with force or violence, kidnapping, robbery and attempted robbery. He also received a life sentence for attempted first-degree murder and possession of a firearm by an ex-felon.

Prieto was received onto California’s death row on June 30, 1992.

He was extradited to Fairfax County, Virginia, on April 28, 2006, to stand trial for murder. He was convicted in Virginia of capital murder during a rape and received two death sentences in 2008 for two homicides that occurred in 1988.

Since 1978 when California reinstated capital punishment, 68 condemned inmates have died from natural causes, 24 have committed suicide, 13 have been executed in California, one was executed in Missouri, one (Prieto) has been executed in Virginia, eight have died from other causes and the causes of death are pending for two condemned inmates.

As of October 2, 2015, there are 746 people on California’s death row.

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October 2, 2015                                      

Contact: Lt. Sam Robinson
(415) 455-5000

Thursday, October 1, 2015

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

SOLEDAD — Salinas Valley State Prison (SVSP) officials are investigating the death of inmate Pedro M. Aguilar as a homicide.

On Sept. 28, 2015, custody staff conducting security checks found inmate Aguilar unresponsive in his cell. He was pronounced dead at 9:05 a.m.

Aguilar, 45, was serving life with the possibility of parole for lewd and lascivious acts on a child under 14 years old. He was admitted from Ventura County on Oct. 1, 2013.

Inmate Jerald A. Nelson, 59, Aguilar’s cellmate, has been identified as the suspect. Nelson is serving life with the possibility of parole for a first-degree murder conviction from Imperial County. Nelson has been in state prison since Sept. 22, 1983.

The Monterey County Coroner and the Monterey County District Attorney are also investigating. The Office of the Inspector General was notified.

SVSP, located in Monterey County, provides long-term housing for minimum- and maximum-security inmates. It provides educational, religious, work programs and self-help programs to inmates and provides treatment to mentally ill inmates. The prison was activated in 1996, houses approximately 3,700 inmates and employs approximately 1,500 people.

October 1, 2015                                                                                                                           
CONTACT: Lt. Eduardo Mazariegos(831) 678-5554

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Inmate Apprehended After Walking Away From Conservation Camp

SYLMAR – California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) officials announced today that inmate Jesse Jordan Diaz, 24, was taken into custody late last night, approximately seven days after he was discovered missing from the minimum-security Holton Conservation Camp located near the community of Sylmar, in Los Angeles County. 

Diaz was taken into custody by CDCR’s Special Service Unit, which had tracked him to the town of Indio. Agents located him with the help of a friend who told agents of a house where Diaz was staying.  He was taken into custody without incident.  

Diaz had walked away from Holton Conservation Camp sometime before 11:25 p.m. on Tuesday, September 22.

Diaz was committed to CDCR for a four-year sentence after his conviction for evading a peace officer. He was scheduled to be released on August 21, 2016. Diaz will be referred to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for prosecution on escape charges.

Of all walk-aways from minimum security institutions, conservation camps, in-state contract bed facilities and community-based facilities, 98.5 percent have been apprehended.

September 30, 2015                                                        
CONTACT: Lt. Kelsey
(209) 984-5291 x5499