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Inmate dies in prison stabbing

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Officials at California State Prison-Sacramento are investigating the death of an inmate as a homicide after he was attacked during regularly scheduled recreation time. The inmate, who was housed in the secure housing unit, was participating recreation time when he was assaulted about 7:45 a.m. Friday, Oct. 7, said Sgt. Le’Vance Quinn, public information officer. Medical personnel responded and pronounced the inmate dead about 8 a.m. from multiple stab wounds. The deceased inmate was incarcerated on Dec. 22, 1994, and was serving an 18-year sentence for second-degree murder committed in San Bernardino County. His name is being withheld pending notification of the next of kin, Quinn said. Prison officials recovered two weapons and have identified two suspects in the homicide. Their names are being withheld during the investigation, Quinn said. The case is under investigation by the institution’s investigative services unit. The Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office has also been notified. California State Prison-Sacramento opened in 1986 and employs more than 1,700 people. The Folsom facility houses maximum-security inmates serving long sentences or those that have proved to be management problems at other institutions, according to officials. The prison also serves as a California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation medical hub for Northern California with a psychiatric services unit, enhanced outpatient and administrative segregation levels of health care. For more information about the prison, visit cdcr.ca.gov. ~ Staff report