Inmate accused of plot to kill Kings County jailer

The Fresno BeeJuly 10, 2014 

Angel Hernandez

An inmate who is accused of plotting with fellow gang members to kill a Kings County jailer has been charged with conspiracy to commit murder, the Kings County Sheriff's Department said Thursday.

Angel Hernan Hernandez, 35, of Armona, was arraigned Wednesday in Kings County Superior Court on one charge of conspiracy to commit murder, plus gang enhancements and allegations of prior strikes under the Three Strikes law.

Bail was set at $1 million.

In May, detectives got a tip that gang members in jail wanted to kill a specific detentions deputy, the sheriff's department said in a statement.

They plotted to assault the deputy in the jail and possibly outside the jail in the community, the statement said. The inmates hatched the plan after several violent incidents involving Northern gang members.

Hernandez was awaiting trial for felony spousal abuse and assault and has been in jail since mid-December.

A "complex and difficult" investigation involved interviewing several witnesses, the department said.

Several shanks -- inmate-made weapons -- were found, the sheriff's department said.

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