Inmates serving life sentences in 2 separate California prisons are accused of killing cellmates

4 month ago

Folsom news, California news.

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation is investigating two murders involving inmates in separate prisons.

Deandre A. Lewis, 37, was pronounced dead Saturday shortly after he was found unresponsive in the cell he shared with Shamar L. Thornton, 36, at State Prison in Folsom.

Investigators believe Thornton, who is serving life in prison without chance of parole for first-degree murder, is behind Lewis’ death.

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  • Later on Saturday, at around 5 p.m., another inmate was found dead in his High Desert State Prison cell.

    Benjy S. Wade, 40, was just admitted to jail last August to serve 13 years for armed robbery.

    His cellmate, John C. Connell, was named a suspect in connection to his death. The 55-year-old is also serving a life sentence with the possibility of parole.