California prison inmate killed by his cellmate, authorities allege

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California State Prison officials are investigating the death of a 44-year-old inmate as a homicide Saturday.

During security checks around 7:30 a.m. at California State Prison in Corcoran, staff found Luis Romero dead in his cell. His cellmate, Jaime Osuna, 31, has been a named a suspect in the homicide.

Osuna has been placed in the administrative segregation unit, authorities confirmed.

An investigation into the incident is ongoing with the help of the Kings County Sheriff’s Department. The Kings County District Attorney’s Office and the Office of the Inspector General have been notified of the homicide.

Osuna, the suspect, was in prison serving a with a life-without-parole sentence for first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, and assault with a deadly weapon.

Romero was serving a life-with-parole sentence after being convicted in Los Angeles County for second-degree murder with the use of a firearm.

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