Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Inmate Death in High Desert State Prison Is Under Investigation

SUSANVILLE – High Desert State Prison (HDSP) officials are investigating the death of inmate Ivan Mejia, who died at 6:10 p.m. October 18, 2011, as a homicide.

Mejia, 26, was received by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) from Los Angeles County on January 16, 2009, and was serving a 60-years-to-life sentence for first-degree murder. He arrived at HDSP on March 9, 2009.

His cellmate, Angel Gomez, 27, is the main suspect and has been placed in the Administrative Segregation Unit pending investigation. Gomez was received by CDCR from Los Angeles County on November 9, 2006, and is serving a 120-years-to-life sentence for attempted first-degree murder. He arrived at HDSP on November 18, 2009.

The case is under investigation by the Lassen County District Attorney’s Office, the Lassen County Sheriff’s Office, and the CDCR Investigative Services Unit at HDSP. The Office of Inspector General, Bureau of Independent Review, was notified.

HDSP houses 4,600 minimum-, medium- and maximum-custody inmates. Opened in 1995, the Lassen County institution provides numerous inmates services, including academic classes and vocational instruction. The facility employs more than 1,500 people.

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OCTOBER 19, 2011
CONTACT: Lt. C. Hahn
(530) 251-5100 ext. 5501