Thursday, July 17, 2014

Homicide of a High Desert State Prison Inmate Under Investigation

Susanville – The Investigative Services Unit at High Desert State Prison (HDSP) is investigating the homicide of an inmate today.

Just before 10:52 a.m. Thursday, July 17, 2014, a 28-year-old HDSP inmate was attacked by three other inmates with inmate-manufactured stabbing weapons. Staff performed lifesaving procedures on the inmate who had been attacked and transported him to the HDSP Correctional Treatment Center, where he was pronounced dead at 10:52 a.m.

The deceased inmate was received from Los Angeles County on Oct. 12, 2005, and was serving a life sentence for second-degree robbery, assault with a deadly weapon and attempted second-degree murder. The inmate’s name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

There are three suspects in the case. The first suspect is a 23-year-old inmate who was received from Los Angeles County on Aug. 19, 2011, and is serving a life sentence for carjacking with the use of a firearm. The second suspect is a 30-year-old inmate who was received from Los Angeles County on Oct. 28, 2004, and is serving a life sentence for murder. The third suspect is a 24-year-old inmate who was received from Los Angeles County on April 27, 2009, and is serving a life sentence for murder.

Staff recovered two inmate-manufactured stabbing weapons at the scene.

No staff members were injured in the incident.

HDSP administrators have limited inmate movement on the facility where the incident occurred to facilitate the investigation. The Office of Inspector General was notified.

High Desert State Prison, located in Lassen County, opened in 1995 and houses approximately 3,342 minimum-, medium- and maximum-custody inmates. The institution provides academic classes and vocational instruction and employs more than 1,210 people.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                           

July 17, 2014

 Contact: Lt. G. Crowe

(530) 251-5100 ext. 5501 

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