Paul Flores attacked in prison, again

April 11, 2024


Paul Fores was attacked yesterday at Pleasant Valley State Prison and taken to a hospital with non-life threatening wounds, his second serious assault in less than a year.

In Aug, 2023, Jason Budrow, a prisoner who killed a former cellmate, attempted to kill Flores. Budrow allegedly approached Flores from behind and attempted to cut his throat. Flores, who raised an arm to block the assault, suffered a wound to one side of his neck.

In Oct. 2022, a Monterey County jury found Flores guilty of first-degree murder in the killing of Kristin Smart in 1996. Then in March 2023, Monterey County Superior Court Judge Jennifer O’Keefe rejected a motion made by Flores’s attorney for a new trial and sentenced Flores to 25 years to life in prison.

After processing, state prison officials moved Flores to Pleasant Valley State Prison. The Fresno County facility provides long-term housing for inmates of all custody levels.

Flores murdered Smart in 1996 during an attempted rape following a Cal Poly frat party. After the party, Flores helped escort Smart, who was found passed out on a lawn outside the party, back to her dorm room. She was never seen again.

The primary suspect in the case, Flores was sporting a black eye when interviewed by law enforcement, who determined he lied repeatedly. Even so, it would be years before deputies raided Flores’s home.

During a 2020 raid of Flores’ San Pedro home, deputies discovered multiple rape videos with titles including, “Drugged and raped while passed out” and “Blonde high school girl in skirt gets raped.”

Investigators also found two bottles of date rape drugs in Flores’s home, prosecutors said. In a file labeled “practice,” Flores stored homemade rape videos of himself having sex and sodomizing women.

CalCoastNews will produce further information on the latest assault after it becomes available.


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Goodbye in advance Paul. Eventually one of these attacks will be the end of you.

Paul made extensive use of date rape drugs, before, during, and for years after Kristin’s murder. All accounts are that she was not a big drinker and had just one drink at the party. Cal Poly deliberately killed the investigation and were quick to spread rumors disparaging Kristin.

Measure for Measure. Paul Flores is reaping what he has sown.

Anybody who has sincere pity for the monster Paul Flores, please downvote this comment. Anyone who believes Ruben Flores ought to be locked up with his son, please upvote this comment.

The universe has a long arc, but it bends towards justice.

may he know fear, terror, and agony every day for the rest of his life.. could he even begin to feel remorse?


I hope he is as guilty as everyone here seem to believe… because if he is innocent the people who hounded him into prison will have some splainin to do….

Okay now fire them at me….

Interesting choice of cellmates they made for him. The greatest crime here seems to be how long it took for this case to be brought to justice. Especially given how much time he had to prey on our young women in the interim. A quarter of a century. Could they have done a worse job of follow through on that one?

The bungled investigation and long-delayed prosecution certainly represented incompetence, malfeasance, and perhaps even criminal negligence, but the greater crime here clearly was the senseless murder and tragic loss of Kristin Smart.

Yes, that, and all the others who were victimized by this very dangerous deviant. Who knows if more women, unreported, unmissed, may have died as well? The background strongly suggests that possibility. Unproven, and purely speculative, but not out of profile. I have followed this case throughout and the fact that he remained at large all that time struck me as blatantly horrendous.