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Stabbing death leads to riot at Salinas Valley State Prison

September 18, 2012 | 12:58 pm

This post has been corrected. See below for details.

A riot by 30 inmates at Salinas Valley State Prison began with the killing of one in the yard and left four other inmates injured, prison officials said Monday.

The riot broke out about 11 a.m. Saturday when two inmates stabbed a third with improvised weapons, known as shanks, according to a report from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

That prompted a fight among 30 inmates. Officers used pepper spray and other non-lethal weapons to end the riot and discovered 13 inmate-made weapons in the follow-up to the fight.

Corrections officials named two inmates as suspects in the initial stabbing: Gregory Hoenshell, 32, who is serving a life-without-parole sentence for first-degree murder; and Barry Storey, 37, serving a 44-years-to-life sentence from Sacramento County.

The name of the victim in the stabbing was not released yet. He was 42, and serving a life-without-parole sentence for a murder, robbery and vehicle theft from San Bernardino County since 1994.

Salinas Valley State Prison, which opened in 1996, is near the town of Soledad in Monterey County and houses some 3,500 inmates.

[For the Record, Sept. 18, 2:27 p.m.: A previous version of this post said the stabbing occurred in a prison cell. It took place in the prison yard, officials said.]


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