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Homicide suspected in death of Wasco State Prison inmate

July 12, 2011 |  7:03 pm

Kern County authorities are investigating as a homicide the death of an inmate from Los Angeles at Wasco State Prison.

The 54-year-old man, whose name was withheld pending notification of next of kin, was found dead in his cell in the prison’s reception center late Friday, according to a statement released Tuesday by the California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation.

The inmate had been sent to prison in May on a parole violation for possession of alcohol and assault with a deadly weapon. His case was awaiting a hearing before the state Board of Parole Hearings. In April 2010, he received a 16-month prison sentence for resisting a peace officer with force and assault with a deadly weapon.

The suspect in the case is a 31-year-old inmate from Orange County who was sentenced in May to 11 years for carjacking.

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-- Sam Quinones

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