Monday, January 25, 2016

Inmate Death at Kern Valley State Prison Being Investigated as Homicide

DELANO – Officials at Kern Valley State Prison (KVSP) are investigating the death of an inmate as a homicide.

Inmate Brandon J. Lowrey, 30, was found unresponsive in his cell at approximately 8:30 p.m. Sunday, January  24. KVSP staff immediately began lifesaving measures and an ambulance was called. Lowrey succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at 9:17 p.m. at an outside hospital. His next-of-kin has been notified.

Lowrey was received by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR)  on June 4, 2009 from Tulare County to serve a ten- year sentence for second-degree robbery and transporting/importing controlled substance.

Prison officials have named Lowrey’s cellmate, Thrasher L. Holmeyer, 33, as a suspect. Holmeyer was received by CDCR on October 31, 2006, from San Bernardino County to serve a life sentence for first-degree murder.

Holmeyer has been placed in the Administrative Segregation Unit pending the investigation by KVSP, the Kern County Coroner and the Kern County District Attorney. The Office of the Inspector General was notified.

KVSP opened in 2005 and houses 3,932 minimum-, medium-, maximum- and high-security custody inmates. KVSP offers academic classes and vocational programs and employs approximately 1,800 people. For more information, visit www.cdcr.ca.gov.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JANUARY 25, 2016   

CONTACT: LT. MARSHALL DENNING
(661) 721-6314
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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Inmate Death at Kern Valley State Prison Suspected Suicide

DELANO – Officials at Kern Valley State Prison (KVSP) are investigating the death of inmate Lawrence Phillips as a suspected suicide.

The incident occurred at 12:05 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13, when staff conducting security checks found Phillips, 40, unresponsive in his cell. He was transported to an outside hospital where he was pronounced deceased at 1:27 a.m. Next-of-kin has been notified.

Phillips had been in an Administrative Segregation Unit on single-cell status since April 11, 2015, after he was suspected of killing his cellmate. Phillips was currently in the early stages of the criminal case in Kern County for the homicide.

Phillips was received by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation on Oct. 16, 2008, from San Diego County to serve a 31-year, four-month sentence for inflicting great bodily injury involving domestic violence, corporal injury to a spouse, false imprisonment and vehicle theft. Phillips played in the National Football League prior to his incarceration in state prison.

KVSP opened in 2005 and houses 3,896 minimum-, medium-, maximum- and high-security custody inmates. KVSP offers academic classes and vocational programs and employs approximately 1,800 people. For more information, visit www.cdcr.ca.gov.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JANUARY 13, 2016
CONTACT:  DANA SIMAS
916) 445-4950

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Women Who Walked Away from San Diego Reentry Facility Apprehended

SAN DIEGO – Two women who walked away from the Custody to Community Transitional Reentry Program in San Diego Jan. 4 were apprehended Jan. 9 and 11.

Viviana Mendez was apprehended shortly after midnight Jan. 9 by agents from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) Special Service Unit (SSU) and the La Mesa Police Department at a motel in La Mesa. She was taken into custody without incident and transported to the California Institution for Women in Corona.

At approximately 11:50 p.m. Jan. 11, SSU agents and the Fremont Police Department apprehended Tumoi King at a motel in Fremont. She was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Central California Women’s Facility in Chowchilla.

King and Mendez had been participating in the CCTRP, which allows eligible participants to serve the remainder of their sentence in a community program in lieu of confinement in state prison. The CCTRP provides a range of rehabilitative services that assist with alcohol and drug recovery, employment, education, housing, family reunification and social support.

King, 28, was received by CDCR on Feb. 19, 2014, to serve five years for a second-degree robbery conviction in Riverside County. She had been participating in CCTRP since November 2014. She was scheduled to be paroled in October 2016.

Mendez, 20, was received by CDCR on Oct. 1, 2014, to serve a seven-year sentence for an assault with a deadly weapon conviction in Yolo County. She had been participating in CCTRP since September 2015. She was scheduled to be paroled in February 2017.

Since 1977, 99 percent of all offenders who have left an adult institution, camp, or community-based program without permission have been apprehended.
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jan. 12, 2016
 

CONTACT: KRISSI KHOKHOBASHVILI  
(916) 445-4950


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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Inmate Walkaway from Los Angeles Reentry Facility

LOS ANGELES – California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) officials are looking for a male inmate who walked away from a Los Angeles community reentry facility last night. 

Louie Iniguez, 24, walked away from the Male Community Reentry Program (MCRP) on Tuesday, January 5 at approximately 8:40 p.m.; he had destroyed his GPS device.

Iniguez was committed to CDCR from Los Angeles County on May 4, 2015 to serve a two-year, eight-month sentence for first- and second-degree robbery. He was due to parole February 22, 2016.

Iniguez had been participating in the MCRP, which allows eligible participants to serve the remainder of their sentence in a community program in lieu of confinement in state prison. The MCRP provides a range of rehabilitative services that assist with alcohol and drug recovery, employment, education, housing, family reunification and social support.

CDCR notified Los Angeles Police Department who are assisting in the search and apprehension efforts.   

Anyone with information regarding Iniguez is asked to call 911 or local law enforcement.



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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 6, 2016
Contact: Dana Simas
(916) 445-4950

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Two Walk Away from San Diego Re-Entry Facility

SAN DIEGO — California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) officials are looking for two women who walked away from the Custody to Community Transitional Reentry Program (CCTRP) in San Diego.

Tumoi King
Tumoi King and Viviana Mendez had been participating in the CCTRP, which allows eligible participants to serve the remainder of their sentence in a community program in lieu of confinement in state prison. The CCTRP provides a range of rehabilitative services that assist with alcohol and drug recovery, employment, education, housing, family reunification and social support.


CCTRP staff was alerted at 7:31 p.m. Monday, Jan. 4, that King and Mendez had removed their ankle monitors, and a facility-wide search for the women was immediately conducted. All local law enforcement agencies have been notified and are assisting in the search and apprehension efforts.

Viviana Mendez
King, 28, is a black female, 5 feet, 10 inches tall, weighing 175 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. She was received by CDCR on Feb. 19, 2014, to serve five years for a second-degree robbery conviction in Riverside County. She has been participating in CCTRP since November 2014. She was scheduled to be paroled in October 2016.

Mendez, 20, is a Hispanic female, 5 feet, 2 inches tall, weighing 190 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. She was received by CDCR on Oct. 1, 2014, to serve a seven-year sentence for an assault with a deadly weapon conviction in Yolo County. She had been participating in CCTRP since September 2015. She was scheduled to be paroled in February 2017.


Anyone with information regarding either of these women is asked to call (916) 464-4169 or local law enforcement.

CONTACT: KRISSI KHOKHOBASHVILI  
(916) 445-4950