LANCASTER – Officials at California State Prison-Los Angeles County (LAC) are investigating the death of an inmate as a homicide after he was found unresponsive in his Administrative Segregation Unit cell on Tuesday, October 2, 2012.
The inmate, 63, whose name is being withheld pending notification of his next of kin, was pronounced dead at the institution at approximately 3:29 p.m. The cause of death is being investigated by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
Prison officials have named his cellmate Damian Reguera, 40, as the suspect in the case. Reguera, will remain in the Administrative Segregation Unit pending the investigation.
The victim was received by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) on July 3, 2003, from Siskiyou County. His commitment offense was assault with a deadly weapon.
Inmate Reguera was received by CDCR on May 18, 2010 from Los Angeles County with a commitment offense of voluntary manslaughter.
LAC provides educational, vocational, re-entry and self-help programs that provide inmates life skills, and work skills that can be used in support of their efforts at reintegration into society. The facility has a unique Progressive Programming Facility (PPF) developed specifically to provide a program free from disruptive behavior in which personal and CDCR goals can be more readily achieved.
For more information about LAC, visit CDCR’s website at www.cdcr.ca.gov
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 3, 2012
Contact: Lt. Jackie Galapon