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Inmate stabbed during yard recall

By: Laura Newell, Telegraph staff writer
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One inmate was found unresponsive in his cell yesterday at California State Prison-Sacramento in Folsom, with no leads yet on a suspect. On Wednesday, March 28, just before 2 p.m., inmate Melvin Kibbee was discovered unresponsive on his cell floor, said LeVance Quinn, prison spokesman. Quinn said the attack happened minutes after yard recall of the B Facilities Main Exercise Yard at the prison. Kibbee was transported to an area hospital by ambulance after he was found in his cell with three puncture type wounds to the left side of his chest. The prison’s Investigative Services Unit has initiated an immediate investigation, Quinn said. However, there are no suspects at this time. Inmates assigned to the housing unit where Kibbee was discovered are being searched for evidence and investigative staff is currently interviewing possible witnesses, Quinn said. Kibbee, 30, was received in California State Prison-Sacramento on Feb. 24, 2004, serving a sentence of 15 years for second-degree murder out of Contra Costa County. The B Facility, one of the prison’s general population maximum security yards, has been placed on partial modified lockdown pending further investigation. The prison houses approximately 2,800 inmates and employs more than 1,700 staff. The prison opened in 1986, and primarily houses maximum-security inmates serving long sentences and those who have proved to be management problems at other institutions.