- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 11, 2016

SAN QUENTIN, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say a death row inmate at San Quentin State Prison slashed a correctional officer with a makeshift weapon inside one of the facility’s showers.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports (https://bit.ly/2dH0lVA) the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation says the incident happened last Monday as 38-year-old Richard Penunuri was being secured in a shower stall.

Authorities say Penunuri pulled a similar attack on another correctional officer about a decade ago.

The officer’s forearm was slashed with a prison-made weapon.

Authorities say the guard is expected to make a full recovery.

Penunuri was sentenced in 2001 for the 1997 gang-related slayings of two teens. Prison officials say the victims were not gang members and were “unintended targets.”

Penunuri will receive a rules violation for last week’s attack. The district attorney will also review the case for additional charges.


Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, https://www.sfgate.com

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