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State prison investigates cellmate in Folsom inmate’s death

The death of a California State Prison-Sacramento inmate is being investigated as a possible homicide, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Lt. L.A. Quinn, a department spokesman, said staff found inmate Cleophus Bealey, 44, unresponsive inside his cell at the prison’s Folsom facility about 1 p.m. Friday. Bealey was taken to an area hospital, where he died Tuesday afternoon.

Bealey’s cellmate, Meeko Carraway, 41, is suspected in Bealey’s death. Carraway was in the cell when prison staff found Bealey, Quinn said. Carraway transferred to Folsom in 2007 from San Bernardino County. He is facing a 50-year-to-life sentence for first-degree murder, Quinn said.

“We have good evidence that he was involved,” Quinn said of Carraway.

Quinn said he was unable to provide details on Bealey’s injuries.

Carraway will be held at the the prison’s Administrative Segregation Unit during the investigation, which will be conducted by prison staff, Quinn said. A report will be sent to the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office, which will decide whether to press criminal charges, Quinn said.

Bealey had been at Folsom since 1995 after being transferred from Los Angeles County. He was sentenced to 43 years to life with the possibility of parole for first-degree murder and attempted murder, according to the CDCR.

Nashelly Chavez: 916-321-1188, @nashellytweets