CHINO, Calif. (AP) — Officials are investigating the beating death of a Southern California state prison inmate as a homicide.

Correctional Lt. Daniel Tristan said Friday that 51-year-old Tony Alston was beaten by another inmate at the California Institution for Men on Feb. 15.

He was taken to an outside hospital, but died Wednesday.

Alston was serving a six-year sentence from Yolo County for vehicle theft with prior related theft convictions.

Tristan says the beating took place in a dormitory that houses a maximum 140 inmates. No weapons were involved and he says the cause remains under investigation.

No charges have been filed, but prison officials are holding a suspect in segregation while the investigation continues.

The prison holds about 3,400 minimum- and medium-security inmates in Chino, about 35 miles east of Los Angeles.


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