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Inmate dies at Mule Creek State Prison. His cellmate is a suspect

A 36-year-old inmate died Monday afternoon at Mule Creek State Prison in Ione, and his cellmate has been named a suspect in the possible homicide.

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation reports in a news release that Robert Dahl was found unresponsive in his cell about 2:15 p.m. Custody and medical staff responded and began lifesaving measures. Dahl was taken to the prison medical unit, but was pronounced dead at 2:56 p.m., according to the CDCR.

Prison officials have named Dahl’s cellmate, Todd Laverty as a suspect. Laverty was received by the CDCR on Nov. 19, 2010, from Riverside County to serve a sentence of 18 years to life with the possibility of parole for second-degree murder. Laverty, 46, has been placed in the prison’s Administrative Segregation Unit as the incident is being investigated, officials said.

Dahl was received by CDCR on May 9, 2008, from Sacramento County to serve 24 years, eight months for second-degree robbery, manufacture/sale/possession of a weapon by a second-striker, and possession of a firearm by an ex-felon, the CDCR reported. He was scheduled to parole in January 2030.

The Office of the Inspector General, CDCR’s Division of Adult Institutions and the Amador County Coroners’ Office were notified of the death. Inmate movement has been limited as the investigation continues, officials said. Mule Creek State Prison, which opened in 1987, houses approximately 4,000 minimum-, medium- and maximum-security inmates.

Anthony Sorci: 916-321-1051.