Susanville – High Desert State Prison (HDSP) investigators are investigating the death of an inmate as a homicide.
The inmate was found unresponsive in his cell on May 26, 2012, at approximately 5 am.  He was pronounced deceased at 5:57 a.m.
The deceased inmate, 53, was serving his third term, and was committed from Los Angeles County on July 17, 1987.  He was received at HDSP on April 15, 2010, and was serving a 137-year, plus two life terms, sentences for numerous counts of sexual battery, kidnapping, rape, oral copulation with force and violence resulting in great bodily injury, and assault with a deadly weapon.  The inmate’s name is being withheld pending notification of the next of kin.
The deceased inmate’s cellmate has been identified as the primary suspect in the death, and has been placed in the Administrative Segregation Unit pending investigation into the incident.   The suspect, 38, is a first term inmate received from Sacramento County on February 2, 2011.  He was received at HDSP on May 2, 2012, and is serving a life without parole sentence for first-degree murder with the use of a deadly weapon.  The inmate’s name is being withheld at this time pending investigation.
The case is under investigation by the HDSP Investigative Services Unit. The Office of the Inspector General’s Bureau of Independent Review was notified.
HDSP houses 3,900 minimum-, medium- and maximum-custody inmates. Opened in 1995, the Lassen County institution provides academic classes and vocational instruction and employs more than 1,600 people.

May 26, 2012
Contact: Lt. Charlie Hahn
(530) 251-5100 x5501