Inmate Found Strangled at Central Valley Prison

Nov 1, 2013 2:46 PM

DELANO, Calif. (AP) — State corrections officials say an inmate serving a life sentence is suspected of killing his cellmate in a Central Valley prison.

It's the fourth suspected homicide at Kern Valley State Prison this year.

A prison spokesman, Lt. Jeff Smith, said Friday that the propensity for violence in the prison is "very high" among the maximum-security inmates.

The prison, which is between Fresno and Bakersfield, screens inmates before housing them together. Officials will review what might have led to the latest death.

Carmen T. Guerrero, who was 48, was found dead of apparent strangulation early Friday morning. His cellmate is being held in isolation while the case is investigated.

Both men were serving life sentences for murder.

The prison opened in 2005 and houses about 3,700 inmates.


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