CHINO – Officials at the California Institution for Men (CIM) are investigating the death of an inmate as a homicide.
Tony Alston, 51, died from injuries sustained when he was battered by another inmate on Feb. 15. He was transported to an outside hospital that day, and succumbed to his injuries at 11:18 a.m. Wednesday, March 9.
Alston was received by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) on Oct. 23, 2014, from Yolo County to serve a six-year term for vehicle theft with prior related theft convictions.
Prison officials have named inmate Ronnie Duvall, 56, as a suspect. Duvall was received by CDCR on Sept. 17, 2007, from Los Angeles County to serve a 14-year sentence for lewd and lascivious acts on a child under 14 years old. He remains in administrative segregation pending the outcome of an investigation by CIM and the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.
CIM, which opened in 1941, houses approximately 3,400 minimum- and medium-security inmates.
Contact: Lt. Daniel Tristan