DELANO, Calif. (AP) — The death of a 50-year-old inmate at a Southern California prison is being investigated as a homicide, authorities said Sunday.
Alfredo Valenzuela was found unresponsive Saturday in his cell at Kern Valley State Prison, the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said in a statement. He was pronounced dead a short time later.READ MORE: 'We Want To Take An Innovated Approach': Sacramento City Pilot Project Sets Aside $1M For Community To Spend
Valenzuela’s cellmate, 36-year-old Noe Herrera, was moved to the prison’s Administrative Segregation Unit pending investigation, the statement said.
The Kern County Coroner’s Office will determine Valenzuela’s official cause of death.READ MORE: 'I Cannot Safely Return To Work': West Campus Vice Principal Dr. Elysse Versher Resigns, Citing History Of Racial And Sexual Harassment
Valenzuela entered Kern Valley prison in 2010 on a life-without-parole sentence after being convicted of murder and other charges.
Herrera, also convicted of murder, was sentenced to life without parole in 2019.
Kern Valley houses more than 3,200 inmates in minimum-, medium-, and high-security lockups.MORE NEWS: 'The Saddest Thing I've Ever Seen': Community Shaken After 3-Year-Old Dies In Arden-Arcade Fourplex Fire
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