California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation along with the Amador County District Attorney’s Office is investigating the mysterious death of a convicted child rapist after he was found lifeless in jail.
Prison staff responded to a tip reporting a “man down” in his cell. He was declared dead a few minutes later.
Officials identified him as 46-year-old Deandre Austin, of Contra Costa County.
The circumstances of his sudden death were not immediately specified.
Austin was found guilty in 2008 of raping an underage child and was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole. Since then, he was being held at Mule Creek State prison.
Police named Austin’s cellmate, Rodney Jordan, a person of interest in the case and is currently put in segregated housing for investigation.
He is serving jail time for robbery since 2018.