Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Homicide of Salinas Valley State Prison Inmate Under Investigation

SOLEDAD – Salinas Valley State Prison (SVSP) investigators are investigating an incident that left one inmate dead and another injured.

The incident occurred just after 2:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 29, on one of the prison’s maximum security-yards when four inmates attacked two inmates with prisoner-made weapons. The assailants disregarded orders from correctional officers to stop their attack. Officers quickly intervened using chemical agents and non-lethal weapons to quell the attack. Both victims sustained multiple lacerations.

Inmate Barry Storey, 39, committed from Sacramento County, succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at the prison. The second victim was taken by ambulance to an area hospital for treatment; his condition at this time is unknown. The second victim’s identity is being withheld pending next-of-kin notification.

SVSP investigators identified James Perkuhn, 48, Todd Morgan, 47, Jeffery Bruggman, 30 and William McIntosh, 41, as the suspects in the attack.

Perkuhn is serving a 25-years-to-life sentence from Monterey County for first-degree murder. Morgan is serving a 25-years-to-life sentence from Santa Clara County for second-degree robbery and burglary. Bruggman is serving a term of 18-years from Sacramento County for second-degree robbery. McIntosh is serving a 25-years-to-life sentence from Tulare County for first-degree murder and second-degree murder.

Inmates Storey was being tried in Monterey County for the September 15, 2012, homicide of inmate Edgar Sultan.

SVSP administrators have limited inmate movement on the facility where the incident occurred to facilitate the investigation.


SVSP opened May 1996 on approximately 300 acres in Monterey County. The institution provides long-term housing for 3,530 minimum- and maximum-custody male inmates and employs 1,395 people.