An inmate who was found dead at the California Medical Facility in Vacaville on Monday was transferred there from Fresno County in 1986, The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said. The death is being treated as a possible homicide.
The 66-year-old male, who was not named by authorities, was found in a dormitory face-down in a pool of blood, the department said. He was transported to the facility’s medical clinic where he was pronounced dead.
The man had been serving a life sentence with the possibility of parole for first-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder with great bodily injury.
The department said the 30 inmates who are housed in the dormitory have been transferred to another unit pending the investigation.
There are about 2,600 inmates at the prison and it employs about 2,000 people, the department said.