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One Inmate Dead And Five Injured After Prison Riot

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio News
 

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio News

11:15 p.m. - (AP) — California corrections officials say an inmate involved in a bloody 1971 San Quentin prison escape attempt that left six dead has been killed by a fellow prisoner.

Corrections spokeswoman Dana Simas says the slaying of 71-year-old Hugo Pinell triggered a riot Wednesday involving about 70 inmates at a maximum security prison east of Sacramento.

She says Pinell was targeted by another inmate on an exercise yard.

Eleven other inmates were taken to an outside hospital to be treated for stab wounds.

Forty-four years ago, Pinell helped slit the throats of San Quentin prison guards during an escape attempt that led to the deaths of three guards, two inmate workers and escape ringleader George Jackson.

Jackson was a Black Panther leader who was fatally shot as he ran toward an outside prison wall.

6:16 p.m. - The fight began shortly after 1 p.m. in an exercise yard at California State Prison, Sacramento. Correctional officers say they used pepper spray and other less-than-lethal force options – and fired at least two warning shots to stop the fight. The rioters used inmate-made weapons. No employees were injured.

The state says the inmate who died was one of six involved in a bloody escape attempt from San Quentin State Prison in 1971. That incident left six people dead.

This riot has put five inmates in an outside hospital with stab wounds. Others are being treated at the prison’s on-site medical unit.

- Ben Adler, Capital Public Radio News


Original Story - Corrections officials say one inmate is dead and five others have been taken to an outside hospital to be treated for stab wounds after a riot this afternoon at California State Prison, Sacramento.

Officials say the inmate died during an altercation in an exercise yard that involved numerous inmates at the prison in Folsom.

Correctional officers say they used pepper spray and fired at least two warning shots to stop the fight.

No employees were hurt.

The prison commonly called New Folsom houses more than 2,300 maximum-security inmates in Folsom.

The identity of the victim is being withheld until relatives are notified.

Prisoners remained locked in their cells as officers investigate the disturbance.

-Capital Public Radio Staff