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.

The reporter can be reached at (559) 441-6104, or @fb_LewGriswold on Twitter.

The Fresno Bee is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service