- Associated Press - Monday, October 27, 2014

SOLEDAD, Calif. (AP) - State corrections officials say a 23-year-old inmate was stabbed to death at a prison in Monterey County.

Guards found Luis Manuel Baladez lying on his bunk at Salinas Valley State Prison in Soledad early Sunday morning. He was bleeding from what appeared to be multiple stab wounds.

Medical crews tried unsuccessfully to revive him, and he was pronounced dead.

Investigators have identified Baladez’s cellmate, 25-year-old Horacio Gonzales, as the prime suspect.

The two shared a cell in a maximum security block.

Corrections officials say Gonzales was serving a life sentence following his conviction on an attempted murder charge. Baladez was serving a 30-month sentence. He was convicted of carrying a concealed weapon last year in Los Angeles County.

Gonzales has been segregated from the general prison population pending the outcome of an investigation.


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