Prison authorities say the death of an inmate at Mule Creek State Prison in Ione on Saturday is being investigated as a possible homicide.
Ervin Savoy, 50, was pronounced dead at 4:15 p.m. after prison officials found him unresponsive in his cell. The injuries were sustained during an apparent in-cell disturbance, according to a California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation news release. Prison officials named Savoy’s cellmate, Floyd Bailey, 51, as a suspect in the case.
Savoy entered prison Sept. 9, 1999 from Santa Barbara County. He was serving a sentence of 25 years to life for first-degree residential burglary and being under the influence of a controlled substance.
Investigators at Mule Creek State Prison and the Amador County District Attorney’s Office are investigating the death.
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The cause of death has not been determined. Authorities said the Office of the Inspector General has been notified.