Wasco State Prison inmate's death investigated

WASCO - The Investigative Services Unit at Wasco State Prison-Reception Center (WSP-RC) and investigators from the Kern County District Attorney’s Office are investigating an inmate death that occurred on Facility B within the reception center at WSP-RC.

On Wednesday at about 11:45 a.m., inmate Brian J. Tansey was attacked by two inmates at Wasco State Prison-Reception Center. Responding staff immediately stopped the attack and began life saving procedures before the inmate was transferred to Delano Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased at 1249 hours.

Tansey was received at WSP-RC on November 7, 2012, for the commitment offense of receiving stolen property. Tansey was serving a 2 year 8 month sentence from Orange County.
The alleged suspects in the case are identified as Shawn C. Roundtree, who was received from Riverside County on November 27, 2012, with an 18 month sentence for possession of a firearm by ex-felon. Also identified is Charles A. Dulyea who was received from Orange County on December 5, 2012, with a 2 year sentence for possession of a controlled substance.

The case is being investigated as a homicide by the Kern County District Attorney’s Office. The Office of the Inspector General Bureau of Independent Review was notified.

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