FOLSOM (CBS13) — A man serving 25 years to life for sexually assaulting a child was killed Saturday morning at Folsom State Prison.

Inmate Richard Allen Leonard died after being assaulted with a slashing type weapon, according to a press release from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Staff began life saving procedures but he was pronounced dead at 8:01 a.m.

Leonard, 44, was received from Orange County on Sept., 2, 1998, and was serving 25 years to life for aggravated sexual assault on a child, according to CDCR.

A prison investigative unit and Sacramento County District Attorney’s investigators are handling the case as a homicide, but there is no suspect at this time. Folsom State Prison was placed on a modified program pending further investigation.

Folsom State Prison is a medium-security facility that houses more than 3,100 inmates. It opened in 1880 and is the second-oldest prison in California.

Comments (66)
  1. Macfad says:


    1. Dave says:

      Judge and be judged yourself. No excuse for murder. The guards are guilty of conspiracy to murder. The reporter who wrote the title of this article is guilty of encouraging human torture and murder. A man was killed. His sentence wasn’t this story and shows bias. No one likes child molesters but you cant justify curelty and be blameless yourself.

    2. Jack P says:

      This is the way ALL child molesters should end up. Laid out in a wooden box carried to the cemetery by 6.

  2. Garr Obo says:

    Hmmmmm. Send all them molesters and rapist to Folsom. Problem solved.

    1. Ron says:

      This is a vile and repulsive comment,. May you be subject to your own wicked sense of justice.

      1. subvana13 says:

        for a comment, (and a good one at that) Bet you wouldn’t feel that way if it was your child…

      2. John Daniel says:

        Ron, are you a child molester yourself? Or do you have tendencies you fear you won’t be able to control soon? Why would you defend a child molester in any way? Trying to soften the punishment for future use? Do you like little boys, Ron?

      3. wiseoldlady says:

        What would YOU do? Invent a new religion and make the guy your prophet? That’s been done before.

  3. Veronica says:

    child molesters cannot be CURED! That is a fact! If they can’t all be murdered then they should all be sent to an island away from normal people like us.

    1. You says:

      Who said your normal…

    2. Rusalka says:

      There is a cure for them, it’s called a cemetery. That is the one sure way to prevent them from ever offending again.

      1. mad as hell says:


  4. Mike says:

    So long off to stand before God and account for ones life…

  5. Leonie says:


    1. SerfCityHereWeCome says:

      Don’t worry Barry, death is merely a state of mind. He’ll still vote for you.

  6. Susie says:

    Methadras at 4:59 pm. and Leonie at 5:26 a.m.


  7. SNAKESRULE says:

    so, so, very, very sad…..LOL..

  8. Garv says:

    You people are so twisted you are dangerous.

    1. rmcsticks says:

      and your a fool !

    2. rmcsticks says:

      And your a fool !!

      1. You says:

        And so are you “rmcsticks” so bend over and take it like a man…

  9. Tim Horgan says:

    the world is a better place because of the good man that wasted this POS!

  10. isrhij says:

    Justice was delayed too long!

  11. lurkio says:

    “Staff began life saving procedures but he was pronounced dead at 8:01 a.m.”

    What kinda life saving procedures would you have used, maybe try kicking him and telling him to get up?.

  12. Mark says:

    First offense child molestors should be executed the moment they are found guilty! and the victim’ family should be allowed the honor if they so chose! That child has lost their innocene forever, and traumatized for life! No mercy for pedophiles

    Same goes for drug dealers!

  13. Westside says:

    Let them fight in the yard and kill each other. This sick a-hole deserved what he got.

  14. mad as hell says:


  15. Sara Lee says:

    No suspect…Nice.

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