Inmate dies after apparent beating

Inmate dies after apparent beating

CALIPATRIA, Calif. – A prisoner died at the hospital after officers found him badly injured in his cell.

Calipatria State Prison officials say they found the victim with multiple injuries early Thursday morning. The man had bruises, cuts, a broken nose and collapsed lungs, according to a prison report. His cellmate, Wallace Thomas, 51, was found with a swollen hand.

Wallace Thompson
Wallace Thompson

Both inmates were examined at the prison’s medial clinic. However, the victim was taken to a local hospital where he later died from his injuries.

Thomson is currently in the administrative segregation unit where officials say he will remain during the investigation.

Thomson, who came from Marin County, California has been serving a 122-year sentence for rape since 2002.

 

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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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