Saturday, April 22, 2017

Two Separate Inmate Deaths Being Investigated at Salinas Valley State Prison

SOLEDAD — Two inmates were found deceased today in two separate incidents at Salinas Valley State Prison (SVSP).

Inmate Cedric J. Saunders, 22, was found unresponsive in his assigned cell in Facility C this morning, and pronounced deceased at 9:05 a.m. SVSP’s Investigative Services Unit is investigating incident as a homicide. Next-of-kin has been contacted. Saunders was received by CDCR in July 2013 from Riverside County with a five-year sentence for second-degree robbery with a street gang enhancement.

In a separate incident, an inmate, 61, was found unresponsive in his assigned cell this morning, and was pronounced deceased at 9:53 a.m. He was the sole occupant of the cell. His name is being withheld until next-of-kin notification has been made.

SVSP opened in May 1996 on approximately 300 acres in Monterey County. The institution provides long-term housing for approximately 3,500 minimum- and maximum custody male inmates and employs 1,395 people.

Contact: Lt. Eduardo Mazariegos
(831) 678-5554

Offender Walks Away from Los Angeles Reentry Facility

LOS ANGELES — California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) officials are looking for Andre Miller, 30, who walked away from the Male Community Reentry Program (MCRP) facility in Los Angeles on Saturday, April 22.

An emergency search was conducted after being notified at approximately 10:30 a.m. today that Miller’s GPS device had been tampered with, and that he had been seen exiting the side door by staff. Miller’s GPS device was found in his bedroom.

Notification was immediately made to local law enforcement agencies. Within minutes, agents from CDCR’s Office of Correctional Safety were dispatched to locate and apprehend Miller. 

Miller is 5 feet, 9 inches tall and weighs 175 pounds. He was received by CDCR from Los Angeles County on June 30, 2016, with a two-year sentence for two counts of second-degree burglary. Miller was transferred from the California Institution for Men (CIM) to the MCRP on April 21. He was scheduled to be released to probation in May 2017.  

Anyone who sees Miller or has any knowledge of his whereabouts should immediately contact law enforcement or call 911.

The MCRP allows eligible offenders committed to state prison to serve the end of their sentences in the reentry center and provides them the programs and tools necessary to transition from custody to the community. It is a voluntary program for male offenders who have approximately one year left to serve. The program links offenders to a range of community-based rehabilitative services that assist with substance use disorders, mental health care, medical care, employment, education, housing, family reunification and social support.

Since 1977, 99 percent of all offenders who have left an adult institution, camp, or community-based program without permission have been apprehended. 

CONTACT: Luis Patino
(916) 956-5879

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Death Row Inmate Attacks San Quentin Correctional Officer

SAN QUENTIN – Condemned inmate Anthony Delgado, 49, attacked a correctional officer with an inmate-manufactured weapon at San Quentin State Prison Thursday morning while being examined by medical staff.

Investigators at San Quentin have launched a probe into the attack that occurred just after 9 a.m. as the officer was providing coverage during a medical examination in the prison’s Adjustment Center housing unit. The Adjustment Center is one of five units in the prison where male condemned inmates are housed.

The officer suffered a significant facial injury. He was taken to an outside hospital for treatment of several lacerations and is expected to make a full recovery.

Delgado was sentenced to death in Kings County on June 21, 2000. He was convicted of the first-degree murder of California State Prison-Corcoran inmate Frank Mendoza in 1998 and the first-degree murder of inmate James Mahoney in 1999, also at California State Prison-Corcoran. Delgado has been on California’s Death Row since June 21, 2000.

Delgado was initially admitted to state prison from Monterey County in 1986 with a four-year sentence for receiving stolen property. He served a two-year sentence in 1986 from Solano County for possession/manufacture of a deadly weapon by a prisoner, an in-prison offense.

In 1990, he was admitted to state prison from Monterey County for second-degree burglary and served a three-year sentence.

In 1994, Delgado was admitted from Santa Cruz County to serve a five-year sentence for assault with a firearm.

He was sentenced in Lassen County in 1998 to serve a life sentence for resisting or deterring an officer with threat or violence and battery on a non-prisoner, in-prison offenses and his third strike.

There are 749 inmates on death row in California. San Quentin, opened in 1852, is California's oldest correctional institution. The prison houses 3,807 inmates and employs 1,733 people.

April 20, 2017

CONTACT: Chris Siino (415) 455-5705
  Terry Thornton (916) 445-4950