DELANO – Officials at Kern Valley State Prison (KVSP) are investigating an incident which occurred on the Facility “A” Recreational Yard as a homicide.

On Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019, just after 10 a.m., inmates Brian Alatorre and Jose Ramos attacked Sergio Robles with inmate-made stabbing weapons. Officers responded to the incident and gave orders for the attackers to stop. The assailants complied without the use of force.

Robles suffered multiple stab wounds to his head, back and upper body. He was immediately taken to the prison’s Triage and Treatment area and then transported to an outside hospital for a higher level of care. He was pronounced dead at the hospital at 10:53 a.m. by the on-duty physician.

The victim Robles, 44, was received from Los Angeles County on Nov. 19, 1996, to serve a life sentence with the possibility of parole for conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder.

Alatorre, 23, was received from Imperial County on March 2, 2018, to serve a life sentence with the possibility of parole for kidnap/carjacking and second-degree robbery.

Ramos, 44, was received from Los Angeles County on Jan. 18, 2002, to serve a life sentence with the possibility of parole for attempted second-degree murder and assault with a firearm. He also received a conviction from Kings County in August 2008 for assault by a prisoner with a deadly weapon or force likely to produce great bodily injury, his third strike.

Prison officials have placed the facility on a 24-hour threat assessment in order to thoroughly investigate the incident.

KVSP opened in 2005 and houses 3,725 minimum-, medium-, maximum- and high-security custody inmates. KVSP offers academic classes and vocational programs and employs approximately 1,750 people. For more information, visit www.cdcr.ca.gov.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 14, 2019

CONTACT: LT. John Melvin (661) 721-6314

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