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Calipatria inmate dies Sunday

March 25, 2002|By DARREN SIMON, Staff Writer

CALIPATRIA — A 42-year-old Calipatria State Prison inmate serving a sentence for first-degree murder died Sunday and the cause of death remains under investigation.

David Maldonado was found unconscious in his cell at 6:35 p.m. and was pronounced dead at 7:31 p.m., according to Octavio Peraza, community resource manager for the prison. He said correctional officers attempted to revive Maldonado using cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

Information on the cause of death was unavailable this morning but a county Sheriff's Office log stated there was a report of a hanging at the prison.

Maldonado was in a single-person cell in the administrative segregation portion of the prison, which means other inmates would not have access to him.

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Maldonado had been at the prison since 1999. There were few details available on his conviction other that it was for first-degree murder.

Maldonado had an anticipated release date of 2010 but Peraza said that might mean he was serving a 10-year to life sentence.

Peraza said more information would become available later in the day. Specific information from the county Coroner's Office also was expected to be available later today.

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

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