Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Inmate Death At Kern Valley State Prison Under Investigation

Delano – Kern Valley State Prison (KVSP) investigators are cooperating with the Kern County District Attorney’s Office in the investigation of an inmate death.

On March 23, 2010 at approximately 8:14 a.m., inmate Angel Ramirez, 30, was pronounced deceased while en route to a local hospital.

Ramirez was serving a seven-year, four-month sentence from Los Angeles County for possession, transportation, and sales of controlled substances. He had been housed at KVSP since September 24, 2007.

The death is being investigated as a possible homicide by the Kern County District Attorney’s Office. The prison’s Investigative Services Unit is cooperating with the investigation and the Office of the Inspector General’s Bureau of Independent Review has been notified.

The suspect in this case is a 30-year-old inmate serving a 50-years-to-life sentence from Los Angeles County for first-degree murder. He has been in state prison since October 12, 1999 and has been housed at KVSP since January 3, 2008.

KVSP opened in 2005 and houses nearly 4,800 minimum-, medium-, maximum- and high-security custody inmates. KVSP offers academic classes and vocational programs and employs approximately 1,800 people.