LOS ANGELES—The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the death of an inmate as a homicide at the California State Prison-Los Angeles County (LAC) after he was found unresponsive in a housing unit day room floor, on Friday, May 31, 2013.
Inmate Victor Jones, 48, was pronounced dead at the institution at approximately 5:14 pm.
Prison officials have named Inmate Andre Rutledge as a suspect in the case. Rutledge was placed in the Administrative Segregation Unit, pending completion of the investigation.
The victim was received by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) on February 28, 1997, from Riverside County and was serving 30-years-to-Life for Robbery 1st Degree.
The suspect, Inmate Rutledge, 36, was received from Alameda County for Rape, with an estimated parole release date of September 17, 2020.
The preliminary information received by prison officials indicated that Jones died of natural causes. CDCR subsequently received information that indicated that he was a victim of a battery. The victim’s next of kin has been notified.
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.
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For immediate release
June 3, 2013
Contact: Lt. Jackie Galapon