Calipatria Prison Fight Leaves One Inmate Dead

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Calipatria State Prison
Aerial view of Calipatria State Prison.  Courtesy of State of California

CALIPATRIA —On, Sunday July 10, a 54-year-old man who had been serving a life sentence for a murder in Los Angeles County was fatally stabbed during a fight involving nearly two-dozen inmates at the Calipatria State Prison in Imperial County.

The man, whose name was withheld pending notification of his next of kin, was repeatedly stabbed about 10:00 A.M. Sunday, said Lt. Everado Silvo of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

“Twenty-two inmates began fighting in two separate areas of the prison” said Silvo. “Correctional officers responded and nearly all of the inmates complied with their verbal orders to get down. However, two inmates stabbed a third inmate.”

Silvo said, the attackers complied with officers’ orders to stop and staff used no force to quell the incident.

“Officers recovered four inmate-made weapons” said Silvo.

According to Silvo, the stabbed man suffered puncture wounds to his abdomen, chest, head and back. He was taken to the prison’s medical facility and later transferred to an outside hospital, where he was pronounced dead about 11:00 A.M.

“He was 54 years old and had been in prison since January 17, 1989, serving a life-with-the-possibility-of-parole sentence from Los Angeles County for first-degree murder and second-degree robbery with the use of a firearm” explained Silvo.

Silvo added, that another inmate, also from Los Angeles County, suffered puncture wounds to his back during the fighting and was airlifted to a hospital and is expected to recover.

“The injured inmate is 25 years old and was admitted from Los Angeles County on February 26, 2015, to serve 34 years for attempted murder” said Silvo.

No prison personnel were injured.

“Calipatria State Prison’s Investigative Services Unit is identifying the suspects in the attack and conducting the investigation” said Silvo. “The Imperial Valley District Attorney’s Office is also assisting with the investigation.”

The prison houses 3,786 minimum- and maximum-security inmates, said Silvo.