Child molester serving life term killed in California prison

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This Jan. 4, 2012, inmate photo released by California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, shows Deandre Austin, an inmate serving a life sentence for child molesting who was killed at a Northern California state prison, officials said Thursday, Oct.15, 2020 and his cellmate is considered the suspect. (California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation via AP)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Corrections officials say an inmate serving a life sentence for child molesting has been killed at a Northern California state prison.

They said Thursday that his cellmate is considered the suspect.

Deandre Austin was found unresponsive Wednesday evening in his cell at Mule Creek State Prison in Ione, southeast of Sacramento.

The 46-year-old was serving a life term from Contra Costa County for rape, lewd and lascivious conduct with a child under age 14 and related crimes.

His cellmate, 29-year-old Rodney Jordan, is serving Los Angeles County sentences for burglary and robbery.

In this Dec. 12, 2019, inmate photo released by California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, CDCR shows Rodney Jordan, who is considered a suspect in the killing of his cellmate Deandre Austin, an inmate serving a life sentence for child molesting has been killed at a Northern California state prison, officials said Thursday, Oct.15, 2020. (California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation via AP)

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