Homicide suspected in death of Wasco State Prison inmate
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.
-- Sam Quinones