Inmate accused of killing cellmate at state prison in Folsom
Correctional officers found the alleged victim unresponsive in his cell just after 9 p.m. Wednesday during a count at California State Prison Sacramento, Lt. Tony Quinn said. Medical staff attempted CPR, but the 51-year-old inmate was pronounced dead about 20 minutes later.
The man's name has not been released, pending notification of his family. Quinn said the man had been in prison since December 2001 on a 25-years-to-life sentence for assault with the intent to commit a specific sex act out of Contra Costa County.
His cellmate, whose name has not been released because the investigation is ongoing, was the only other person in the cell at the time, Quinn said. He had been in prison since November 1986 on a 17-years-to-life sentence for second-degree murder out of Alameda County.
An autopsy was scheduled Thursday, Quinn said, adding that the dead inmate's body showed signs of trauma.
— Kate Mather
Photo: A guard tower is seen behind the wire fence that surrounds California State Prison Sacramento in Folsom. Creidt: Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press