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Centinela inmate stabbed

was to be paroled

October 03, 2001|By DARREN SIMON, Staff Writer

A Centinela State Prison inmate scheduled to be paroled in less than a week was stabbed to death Tuesday.

Salvador Delgado, 30, of Los Angeles was stabbed in the left upper chest as he and the inmates in his maximum-security level housing unit were being released to the yard at 9:19 a.m.

Deavonne Long, Centinela public information officer, said Delgado had left his cell and was passing a group of cells when officers saw him collapse.

Officers responding found a stab wound to his left chest directly over the heart. He was rushed to the prison's health center and a Gold Cross Ambulance crew was called to the prison.

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Long said the prison's medical staff attempted to resuscitate Delgado but he was pronounced dead at 9:40 a.m. She said the blade pierced his heart and he bled to death.

Long said the investigation into the stabbing is ongoing but said there was no information on a motive for the attack.

One suspect has been detained, Long said, adding there was evidence to indicate the suspect might have been involved in the attack.

There were 38 inmates who had either been released to the yard at the time or who were still in the common area of the facility waiting to move into the yard.

A prison-made "shank" was recovered from the common area. Long said the blade was 8 to 10 inches long and was made of flat metal stock shaped into a point.

Delgado had been serving a prison term for a drug-related parole violation. He was scheduled to be paroled Monday.

He previously had served three other prison sentences; one for vehicle theft, another for a weapons offense, and his third sentence was for corporal injury to a spouse.

Long said the entire housing unit is on a modified program as the investigation continues.

She declined to release more information on the suspect because of the investigation.

Staff Writer Darren Simon can be reached at 337-4082.

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