Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Corcoran Prison Inmate Dies of Injuries

CORCORAN – On February 28, 2015 at 11:05 a.m., a 59-year-old California State Prison-Corcoran inmate was pronounced dead from injuries he suffered from an assault that occurred earlier this month.

The inmate, whose name is being withheld pending next-of-kin notification, had been hospitalized in a community medical facility since February 9, 2015, and was in critical condition after being assaulted by his cellmate. He was serving a life sentence with the possibility of parole from Los Angeles County for assault with a deadly weapon and making criminal threats to cause great bodily injury or death, his third strike.

His cellmate, David Pina, 54, has been identified as the suspect. Pina began serving a six-year sentence in 2004 from Tulare County for assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury. In 2011, he also began serving a four-year sentence from Kern County for making terrorist threats.

This incident is still under investigation by the prison’s Investigative Services Unit and will be referred to the Kings County District Attorney’s Office.

CSP-Corcoran opened in 1988 and houses approximately 4,000 minimum-, medium-, maximum- and high-security custody inmates.  The Kings County prison offers academic classes and vocational programs as well as community programs and work crews. The prison employs approximately 2,300 people.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                   
March 3, 2015

Contact: Lt. Luis Martinez                                     
(559) 992-6104


Friday, February 20, 2015

Inmate Walkaway from Owens Valley Conservation Camp in 2011 Apprehended

Inmate Walkaway from Owens Valley Conservation Camp in 2011 Apprehended

LOS ANGELES – An inmate who walked away from Owens Valley Conservation Camp in 2011 was taken into California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) custody after being arrested by the Los Angeles County Sheriff during a sting operation.

Yahua Yang, 40, walked away from Owens Valley Conservation Camp in Bishop on March 17, 2011 and had since been at-large. Yang was arrested in Rosemead, California under the alias of Gvosheng Wu Zhong when he and three Mexican nationals were attempting to purchase 15 kilos of cocaine on January 27, 2015. Yang was booked into LA County Jail and held on a million dollars bail. Yang was subsequently released on bail prior to his true identity being discovered and given a court date for his new charges.

Yang was one-year and four months into a seven-year sentence from Los Angeles County for possession of a controlled substance for sale when he walked away.

CDCR special agents and local law enforcement arrested Yang immediately following his arraignment on his new charges. CDCR Special Services Unit agents transported Yang to California Institution for Men in Chino where he will be housed in the prison's administrative segregation unit. In addition to serving out his initial sentence, Yang could face new felony charges for escape.

Of all offenders who have escaped from an adult institution, camp or community-based program since 1977, 98.7 percent have been apprehended.

FEBRUARY 20, 2015   

(916) 445-4950 
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Monday, February 9, 2015

RJ Donovan Correctional Officer Recovering from Inmate Assault

SAN DIEGO – A correctional officer was treated for injuries suffered from an attack by an inmate at Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility (RJDCF).

At 8:05 p.m. Feb. 8, as inmates in a Facility D housing unit were receiving medication, inmate Jason Harmon, 37, rushed at a correctional officer with a weapon in his right hand. He struck the officer in his chest with the pointed end of the weapon, making contact with the officer’s stab-resistant vest. Harmon, resisting the officer’s efforts to subdue him, continued his attack. Additional officers rushed to assist, and were able to quell the attack and recover the inmate-manufactured weapon.

Harmon was received by CDCR on Feb. 1, 2011, from Riverside County to serve a life sentence for attempted first-degree murder of a peace officer, assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer, carjacking, buying or receiving stolen equipment and evading a peace officer while driving recklessly.

The officer, 27, was transported to a local hospital, where he was treated for minor bruises and scrapes. Inmate Harmon was transported to a local hospital for treatment of a head laceration and possible hand fracture, and has been re-housed in the Administrative Segregation Unit. Inmate movement on D Facility has been limited pending an investigation into this incident.

The primary mission of the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility is to provide housing and supervision for minimum- to high-security inmates. Designed as a training and work-oriented facility, RJDCF provides vocational, academic and industrial programs.

For more information contact Robert Brown at (619) 661-6500, ext. 8654.