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Officials investigating Mule Creek State Prison inmate’s death as possible homicide

Prison authorities say the death of an inmate at Mule Creek State Prison in Ione on Saturday is being investigated as a possible homicide.

Ervin Savoy, 50, was pronounced dead at 4:15 p.m. after prison officials found him unresponsive in his cell. The injuries were sustained during an apparent in-cell disturbance, according to a California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation news release. Prison officials named Savoy’s cellmate, Floyd Bailey, 51, as a suspect in the case.

Savoy entered prison Sept. 9, 1999 from Santa Barbara County. He was serving a sentence of 25 years to life for first-degree residential burglary and being under the influence of a controlled substance.

Investigators at Mule Creek State Prison and the Amador County District Attorney’s Office are investigating the death.

The cause of death has not been determined. Authorities said the Office of the Inspector General has been notified.