WASCO – At approximately 12:45 a.m. this morning, a 35-year-old Los Angeles County inmate was found deceased in his assigned cell at Wasco State Prison-Reception Center (WSP-RC).
The case is being investigated as a possible homicide by the Kern County District Attorney’s Office. The Office of the Inspector General Bureau of Independent Review was notified.
The deceased inmate was received at WSP-RC on March 1, 2011, for the commitment offense of possession of a controlled substance and was currently serving a 16-month sentence. He also received a nine-month sentence from Los Angeles County in October 2008, for petty theft with priors. In addition, he received a two-year sentence from Los Angeles County in April 2004, for second degree burglary. His name is being withheld pending notification of next-of-kin.
The suspect in this case is a 31-year-old inmate received from Los Angeles County on January 11, 2011, with a life sentence for kidnapping and rape. The suspect also received a ten-year sentence from Los Angeles County for second degree robbery in August 1997.
WSP-RC’s primary mission is to provide short-term housing necessary to process, classify, and evaluate new inmates physically and mentally, and determine their security level, program requirements and appropriate institutional placement. WSP-RC was opened in February of 1991 and houses approximately 5,800 inmates.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 23, 2011
Contact: Lt. Robert Mazuka
(661) 758-8400, Ext. 5013