Inmate death at Corcoran State Prison investiagted as a homicide

CORCORAN, Calif. - Investigators at California State Prison-Corcoran and the Kings County District Attorney’s Office are investigating the death of a 48-year-old inmate as a homicide, officials from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Staff found the inmate unresponsive in his cell at 12:36 p.m. Saturday. He was pronounced dead at 1:02 p.m, officials said.

The deceased inmate, admitted from Alameda County on October 24, 2011, was serving a 17-year sentence for first-degree burglary with prior convictions. His name is being withheld pending next-of-kin notification, officials said.

The inmate’s cellmate, Tyrone Robinson, 49, has been identified as the suspect, officials said.

Robinson, admitted from Alameda County on December 9, 1991, is serving 32-years-to-life for several convictions including first-degree murder and robbery, officials said.

The Kings County Coroner will perform an autopsy, officials said.

CSP-Corcoran opened in 1988 and houses 4,399 minimum-, medium-, maximum- and high-security custody inmates. The Kings County prison offers academic classes and vocational programs as well as community programs and work crews. The prison employs approximately 2,300 people.

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