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Cellmate suspected in death of inmate at California State Prison, Sacramento

California State Prison, Sacramento (in Folsom).
California State Prison, Sacramento (in Folsom).

The death of a 30-year-old inmate at California State Prison, Sacramento, in Folsom is being investigated as a homicide, and his cellmate is the suspect.

Anthony Junkin was found lying unresponsive on the floor of his cell around 11 p.m. Sunday by staff members conducting an institutional count, according to a California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation news release. An alarm was sounded and staff members immediately began CPR. Junkin was transported to the facility's triage and treatment area. Folsom Fire Department personnel arrived shortly afterward and Junkin was pronounced dead at 11:23 p.m.

Junkin was admitted to the prison system Sept. 30, 2015, from Sacramento County. He was serving a sentence of 31 years to life with the possibility of parole for attempted murder, two counts of making criminal threats to cause great bodily injury, dissuading a witness and possession of a firearm by a felon, the release said.

Junkin's cellmate, Wayne Caskey, entered the prison system on July 21, 2009, from Sacramento County. He was serving a sentence of 50 years to life with the possibility of parole for first-degree murder. During his incarceration, he was convicted of assault by a prisoner with a deadly weapon and received an additional four-year sentence for that offense, the news release said.

Junkin, a North Highlands resident, was convicted of shooting a friend, Jason Hill, out of jealousy over a girlfriend, according to stories in The Sacramento Bee. On Nov. 11, 2014, Junkin shot Hill in the back of the head. Hill survived the shooting, but the bullet lodged in his skull.

Junkin bragged to his girlfriend that he shot Hill and later threatened that she would be next if she went to the police. When Junkin was arrested, he was found in possession of a loaded handgun, authorities said.

Caskey, 55, was convicted in 2008 of shooting 45-year-old Gary R. Brooks to death at Brooks' father's south Sacramento electronics business. Prosecutors said the murder resulted from an argument that occurred between Brooks and Caskey.

Caskey has been placed in segregated housing as officials investigate Junkin's death, the release said. The Sacramento County District Attorney's Office is assisting in the investigation and the Officer of the Inspector General had been notified.