Four California prison inmates killed in less than 24 hours

May 5, 2020

In a span of less than 24 hours, more California state prison inmates died as a result of murder than have died as a result of coronavirus since the onset of the pandemic.

From Thursday afternoon through Friday morning, four inmates were murdered at California state prisons, with two of the killings occurring at a single facility in Kern County. Each of the victims were themselves convicted of either first or second-degree murder, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

At about 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Kern Valley State Prison inmates Matthew Thornton and Michael Arzaga began attacking Robert Hargrave, 48, with an inmate-manufactured weapon. Correctional officers ordered the attackers to stop, but they did not comply. Guards used chemical agents to stop the assault.

Hargrave suffered multiple stab wounds to his back, chest and abdomen. After initially being taken to the prison’s Triage and Treatment Area, Hargrave was transported to a hospital. Hargrave was pronounced dead at the hospital at 2:40 p.m.

At about 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, a correctional officer at the California Medical Facility in Solano County found a 75-year-old inmate unresponsive in his cell with multiple injuries to his head and face. The officer called for medical staff, which arrived and began performing life-saving measures on Tuc X. Tran.

Tran was brought to the prison’s Triage and Treatment Area. Tran succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead by a prison doctor at 4:51 p.m.

At approximately 7:48 a.m. on Friday, Kern Valley State Prison inmates Charles Garibay, Rafael Navarro and Guillermo Navarro began attacking inmate Robert Beltran, 50, with a manufactured weapon as Beltran exited his cell. Guards ordered the attackers to stop, and when they did not comply, used chemical agents to put an end to the assault.

Beltran suffered multiple stab wounds to his head, back, chest and abdomen. Staffers brought Beltran to the Triage and Treatment Area, and then requested transportation to a hospital. Beltran was pronounced dead at the hospital at 9:46 a.m.

Also Friday morning, a 65-year-old inmate was killed at High Desert State Prison in Lassen County. At about 10:45 a.m., inmates Rodney Rice and Robert Smith attacked Michael Ramadanovic with manufactured weapons on the Facility C yard of the prison.

Guards used chemical agents and fired a warning shot from a Mini-14 rifle in order to quell the incident. Ramadanovic suffered multiple puncture wounds to his chest, back, head and neck.

Responders transported Ramadanovic to the prison’s medical facility and performed life-saving measures. But, a doctor pronounced Ramadanovic dead at 11:11 a.m.

Prison officials moved at least some of the suspects in the killings to segregated housing as they face additional charges. Investigations into the homicides are ongoing.


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DocT

Also, don’t despair. It’s possible these could still be counted as Covid-19 deaths! We can test these murdered prisoners and if they test positive for Covid-19 these statistics won’t be nearly as embarrassing, because as we all know, anyone who dies with the virus is an uptick in the numbers.


They need not die FROM the virus…..and they don’t need a test. They just need to be counted properly. Plus, the prison hospital and the regular hospitals get an very large financial incentive to label deaths Covid-19.


So don’t despair. Murder isn’t outkilling Covid.


KAG2020

Correctional officers ordered the attackers to stop, but they did not comply.


Yeah, that’ll work.


kayaknut

But then the guards really asked them to stop, when that didn’t work, the guards said pretty please stop….. surprised that didn’t work, they asked nicely.


Robert1

These deaths were 100% avoidable, don’t go to prison!


DocT

Coronavirus was supposed to rip through prisons like the Black Death and kill hundreds…..but brave and bold measures were taken to mitigate and flatten the curve. Well, either that or the models used to predict Covid-19 mortality were a bit optimistic/pessimistic/misoverexaggerated. But no one ever suspected that murder would outkill Coronavirus!


Perhaps—-and I’m no expert—-but maybe if the prison went on lockdown they could curtail the murder rate as well as the Covid-19 rate?


I say we spend say…….50 million of taxpayer money to study the situation.


mercut1469

Yeah, that’s right, the media, the Democrats and those pesky scientists have blown this all out of proportion. After all, the number of flu deaths in 2017 was 80k. We’re only at 70k with this COVID thing and once we all get back to work and assume our lives the way they used to be the whole thing will be behind us.


shelworth

Thank Heavens it wasn’t the virus! That would be really bad…


Jorge Estrada

For those incidents that were observed by staff, a firing squad would save the tax payers a sizable amount of dollars that could be spent on crippled children and ailing mothers. That would be the political opinion, as for the rational adult opinion, shoot the witnessed assailants to protect the staff.


NorthCountyLady

Please do not call children (or adults) with a disability “crippled”.