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Thursday, July 24, 2008

CA- Wasco inmate was strangled to death, coroner says

7-24-2008 California:

The 33-year-old inmate who was found not breathing Wednesday in his cell at Wasco State Prison, and later died at the hospital, was strangled to death, the Kern County Coroner's office reported.

Ruben Landeros, 33, died at 11:22 p.m. Wednesday. It is being ruled a homicide by the coroner's office.

The suspect in the case is Harold P. Cox, 37, who was brought to the prison from Orange County on April 18, Wasco prison staff said. He’s serving a 10-year, four-month sentence with gang and prior prison enhancements for intimidating a witness.

Landeros, a registered sex offender, pleaded no contest to sexual battery in 2001. He was sentenced to five years at Wasco prison.

He also pleaded no contest in 2004 for possession of drugs or alcohol while in jail. More recently, a case was opened in last month with the Kern County District Attorney's office after he allegedly failed to register as a sex offender when moving. An investigation was ongoing. ..News Source.. by The Bakersfield Californian

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