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Cellmate suspected in death of prison inmate in Folsom

A cellmate has been identified as the suspect in the death of an inmate Monday at California State Prison, Sacramento, in Folsom.

Juan Victoria, 48, was found unresponsive in his cell at 11:10 a.m. Prison medical staff members were summoned, and a physician pronounced Victoria dead at 11:22 a.m, according to a Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation news release.

Victoria’s cellmate, 34-year-old David Acuna, was placed in restraints and removed from the area. He had minor injuries that indicated a possible struggle between the two men, the news release said.

Victoria entered the prison system from Sacramento County in March 2007. He was serving a 24-year sentence for voluntary manslaughter with use of a firearm, assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury, false imprisonment with use of a firearm, and inflicting corporal injury on a spouse or cohabitant.

Acuna entered the prison system in September 2015, also from Sacramento County, with a sentence of 39 years to life with the possibility of parole for first-degree murder with use of a firearm and arson of an inhabited structure with special circumstances, according to the news release.

The Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office is assisting prison officials in the investigation.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy