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New Folsom Prison inmate murdered in cell, cellmate is suspect

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Officials from California State Prison-Sacramento's Investigative Services Unit are investigating the early morning death of an inmate discovered in his cell at 3:10 a.m. in the prison's maximum-security housing on Saturday, Dec. 10. The inmate, who has been identified as Anthony Steadham, 38, was transported to an outside hospital where he was pronounced dead at 5:04 a.m. The prison is commonly referred to as New Folsom Prison and is located next to Old Folsom Prison. Steadham was received by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) on Sept. 19, 1997, from San Mateo County, and was serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole for first-degree murder, kidnapping, and robbery. Steadham's cellmate, inmate Maurice Woodson, 43, has been identified as the suspect. Woodson was received by CDCR on April 3, 2001, from San Bernardino County, serving a sentence of 46 years, 4 months for second-degree murder, discharge of a firearm and assault with a firearm. Woodson also served prior stints in prison from San Bernardino County. In 1986, he served a 13-year voluntary manslaughter sentence and in1994 and 1998, he served sentences for possession of a firearm by an ex-felon. Visiting has not been impacted. The prison is a multi-mission institution that houses approximately 2,800 inmates and employs more than 1,700 staff. Opened in 1986, the institution primarily houses maximum-security inmates serving long sentences and those who have proved to be management problems at other institutions.