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Jonathan Velarde, 23
Susanville, California
August 16, 2015

Agencies: California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

Last updated: 5 months ago

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A second inmate has died in the last week during fighting at a California state prison, this time shot by a guard's rifle even as he was stabbed by other inmates, officials said Wednesday.

The latest outbreak, a dining-hall melee at the California Correctional Center in Susanville, was the fifth violent episode in a state prison after the Aug. 12 killing of notorious inmate Hugo Pinell and a subsequent riot in a prison near Sacramento.

California corrections officials said they do not believe the violence is related.

“There is nothing unusual about the frequency of these disturbances, and there are no correlations between the incidents,” corrections department spokeswoman Dana Simas said in an email.