Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Correctional Peace Officers Recovering After Inmate Attack

SAN DIEGO – Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility officials are investigating a staff assault that sent three correctional peace officers to the hospital.

On February 2, 2016, at 6:45 p.m., inmate Timothy Green, 55, struck a correctional officer on the right side of his face, causing him to lose consciousness. Inmate Green advanced toward the officer to continue his attack. A lieutenant responded and tried to subdue the inmate. Inmate Green head-butted the lieutenant in his face. A second officer responded and helped the lieutenant restrain the inmate.

The two officers and the lieutenant were taken to an outside hospital for treatment and released. The first officer suffered a head injury. The second officer suffered a sprained forearm and the lieutenant suffered a sprained hand. All are expected to recover.

Inmate Green was not injured in the attack. He was re-housed in the Administrative Segregation Unit pending an investigation. Green was admitted to state prison on March 22, 1988, from Los Angeles County with a 15-year-to-life sentence for second-degree murder. Green was also sentenced in 1991 in Solano County with a two-year sentence for battery on a peace officer and in 2014 in Sacramento County with another two-year sentence for aggravated battery on a peace officer by gassing and battery on a non-prisoner.

Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility opened in July 1987 on approximately 780 acres in San Diego County. The primary mission of the prison is to provide housing and supervision for minimum- to high-security inmates. Designed as a training and work-oriented facility, RJDCF provides health care, vocational, academic and industrial programs for nearly 3,200 male inmates and employs about 1,500 people.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 3, 2016

CONTACT: LT. PHILIP BRACAMONTE
(619) 661-7802


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Monday, January 25, 2016

Inmate Death at Kern Valley State Prison Being Investigated as Homicide

DELANO – Officials at Kern Valley State Prison (KVSP) are investigating the death of an inmate as a homicide.

Inmate Brandon J. Lowrey, 30, was found unresponsive in his cell at approximately 8:30 p.m. Sunday, January  24. KVSP staff immediately began lifesaving measures and an ambulance was called. Lowrey succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at 9:17 p.m. at an outside hospital. His next-of-kin has been notified.

Lowrey was received by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR)  on June 4, 2009 from Tulare County to serve a ten- year sentence for second-degree robbery and transporting/importing controlled substance.

Prison officials have named Lowrey’s cellmate, Thrasher L. Holmeyer, 33, as a suspect. Holmeyer was received by CDCR on October 31, 2006, from San Bernardino County to serve a life sentence for first-degree murder.

Holmeyer has been placed in the Administrative Segregation Unit pending the investigation by KVSP, the Kern County Coroner and the Kern County District Attorney. The Office of the Inspector General was notified.

KVSP opened in 2005 and houses 3,932 minimum-, medium-, maximum- and high-security custody inmates. KVSP offers academic classes and vocational programs and employs approximately 1,800 people. For more information, visit www.cdcr.ca.gov.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JANUARY 25, 2016   

CONTACT: LT. MARSHALL DENNING
(661) 721-6314
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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Inmate Death at Kern Valley State Prison Suspected Suicide

DELANO – Officials at Kern Valley State Prison (KVSP) are investigating the death of inmate Lawrence Phillips as a suspected suicide.

The incident occurred at 12:05 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13, when staff conducting security checks found Phillips, 40, unresponsive in his cell. He was transported to an outside hospital where he was pronounced deceased at 1:27 a.m. Next-of-kin has been notified.

Phillips had been in an Administrative Segregation Unit on single-cell status since April 11, 2015, after he was suspected of killing his cellmate. Phillips was currently in the early stages of the criminal case in Kern County for the homicide.

Phillips was received by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation on Oct. 16, 2008, from San Diego County to serve a 31-year, four-month sentence for inflicting great bodily injury involving domestic violence, corporal injury to a spouse, false imprisonment and vehicle theft. Phillips played in the National Football League prior to his incarceration in state prison.

KVSP opened in 2005 and houses 3,896 minimum-, medium-, maximum- and high-security custody inmates. KVSP offers academic classes and vocational programs and employs approximately 1,800 people. For more information, visit www.cdcr.ca.gov.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JANUARY 13, 2016
CONTACT:  DANA SIMAS
916) 445-4950