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Prison inmate’s stabbing death investigated as homicide

The death of an inmate who was stabbed Tuesday at California State Prison, Sacramento, in Folsom is being investigated as a homicide.

Inmates Osvaldo Luengas, 26, and Jose Chavez, 27, were seen stabbing inmate Anthony Oliva, 22, in the prison exercise yard about 2 p.m., according to a California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation news release. Prison staff members sounded the alarm and ordered all inmates to get on the ground.

Medical staff members responded and took Oliva to the prison’s clinic. He was then transported by ambulance to an outside hospital for treatment and was pronounced dead at 3:21 p.m., the release said.

Oliva entered the prison system May 12, 2014, from Los Angeles County and was serving a 12-year sentence for second-degree robbery, according to the news release.

Luengas and Chavez were identified as the suspects in the killing.

Luengas entered the prison system from Santa Cruz County on July 22, 2009, and is serving an 18-year sentence for second-degree attempted murder.

Chavez entered prison May 27, 2010, from Los Angeles County and is serving consecutive sentences of 25 years to life with the possibility of parole for first-degree murder and 20 years to life with possibility of parole for first-degree attempted murder, the release said.

Investigators from the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office are assisting in the investigation, the release said, and the Office of the Inspector General has been notified.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy