Monday, April 24, 2017

Two Separate Inmate Deaths Being Investigated at Salinas Valley State Prison

SOLEDAD — Two inmates were found deceased Saturday, April 22, in two separate incidents at Salinas Valley State Prison (SVSP).

Inmate Cedric J. Saunders, 22, was found unresponsive in his assigned cell in Facility C Saturday morning, and pronounced deceased at 9:05 a.m. Next-of-kin has been contacted. Saunders was received by CDCR in July 2013 from Riverside County with a five-year sentence for second-degree robbery with a street gang enhancement.

SVSP officials have named Saunders’ cellmate, Andy Loni, as a suspect. Loni, 45, was received by CDCR in September 1991 from Los Angeles County to serve life with the possibility of parole for attempted first-degree murder and assault with a firearm. He has been rehoused in SVSP’s Administrative Segregation Unit as the incident is investigated.

In a separate incident, David Bobst, 61, was found unresponsive in his assigned cell Saturday morning, and was pronounced deceased at 9:53 a.m. He was the sole occupant of the cell. Next-of-kin has been contacted. Bobst was received by CDCR in November 1987 from Orange County to serve life with the possibility of parole for lewd and lascivious acts with a child under the age of 14, vehicle theft, and first- and second-degree burglary.

SVSP’s Investigative Services Unit is investigating both incidents as unrelated homicides.

SVSP opened in May 1996 on approximately 300 acres in Monterey County. The institution provides long-term housing for approximately 3,500 minimum- and maximum custody male inmates and employs 1,395 people.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                         
April 24, 2017     

Contact: Lt. Eduardo Mazariegos
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Offender Who Walked Away from Los Angeles Re-entry Facility Apprehended

LOS ANGELES — A man who walked away from the Male Community Reentry Program (MCRP) in Los Angeles County on Saturday, April 22, was apprehended today.
 
Andre Miller, 30, was apprehended at approximately 10:40 a.m. Monday, April 24, in Los Angeles by agents from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) Special Service Unit, with the support of the Division of Adult Parole Operations.

He was taken into custody without incident and transported to California Institution for Men in Chino. This case will be referred to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for possible prosecution.

Miller had been participating in the MCRP, which allows eligible offenders committed to state prison to serve the end of their sentences in the re-entry center and provides them the programs and tools necessary to transition from custody to the community. It is a voluntary program for male offenders who have approximately one year left to serve. The program links participants to a range of community-based rehabilitative services that assist with substance use disorders, mental health care, medical care, employment, education, housing, family reunification and social support.

Miller was admitted from Los Angeles County on June 30, 2016, to serve a two-year sentence for second-degree burglary. He was scheduled to be released to probation in May 2017.

Since 1977, 99 percent of all offenders who have left an adult institution, camp, or community-based program without permission have been apprehended.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                           
April 24, 2017   

Contact: 916-445-4950
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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Two Separate Inmate Deaths Being Investigated at Salinas Valley State Prison

SOLEDAD — Two inmates were found deceased today in two separate incidents at Salinas Valley State Prison (SVSP).

Inmate Cedric J. Saunders, 22, was found unresponsive in his assigned cell in Facility C this morning, and pronounced deceased at 9:05 a.m. SVSP’s Investigative Services Unit is investigating incident as a homicide. Next-of-kin has been contacted. Saunders was received by CDCR in July 2013 from Riverside County with a five-year sentence for second-degree robbery with a street gang enhancement.

In a separate incident, an inmate, 61, was found unresponsive in his assigned cell this morning, and was pronounced deceased at 9:53 a.m. He was the sole occupant of the cell. His name is being withheld until next-of-kin notification has been made.

SVSP opened in May 1996 on approximately 300 acres in Monterey County. The institution provides long-term housing for approximately 3,500 minimum- and maximum custody male inmates and employs 1,395 people.

Contact: Lt. Eduardo Mazariegos
(831) 678-5554