Kern County inmate killed at California State Prison-Sacramento, officials investigating as homicide

Posted at 4:53 PM, Apr 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-22 19:53:28-04

FOLSOM, Calif. — An inmate from Kern County, serving time at California State Prison-Sacramento in Folsom, was killed in an attack on Tuesday, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Officials said it is being investigated as a homicide.

Moizez M. Munoz, 30, was admitted to the prison from Kern County on Nov. 21, 2014. According to the CDCR, on Tuesday morning, officers were escorting another inmate, Richard Alvarez, when he broke free and "ran across the Facility B yard, and stabbed Munoz three times with an inmate-manufactured weapon."

The CDCR said officers intervened, one of them suffering minor injuries, and stopped the attack. Munos was taken to a local hospital where he later died from his injuries.

Investigators from CSP-SAC and the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office are investigating. The Office of the Inspector General was notified.

Munoz was serving a three-year, eight-month sentence for possession of a controlled substance for sale, his second strike. He was also serving a 2016 eight-year sentence for assault by a prisoner with a deadly weapon or force likely to produce great bodily injury, an in-prison offense, and a 2019 two-year sentence for possession of a controlled substance in jail/prison, also an in-prison offense.

Alvarez, 33, was admitted from Los Angeles County on Feb. 11, 2011. He received a two-year term in 2010 for attempted first-degree burglary and a three-year term in 2010 for possession/manufacture of a deadly weapon by a prisoner. In 2011, he received a life-with-parole sentence for second-degree murder, intentional discharge of a firearm causing great bodily injury or death, second-degree robbery with the use of a firearm, and an enhancement for street gang act in commission of a violent felony.

The CDCR said Alvarez has a history of assaults on inmates and staff since he was admitted to state prison.