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Cellmate suspected in death of inmate at Folsom prison

California State Prison Sacramento in Folsom.
California State Prison Sacramento in Folsom. Sacramento Bee file photo

Authorities suspect an inmate at California State Prison, Sacramento, in Folsom was killed by his cellmate.

Correctional officers found a 53-year-old inmate unresponsive in his cell at 8:20 p.m. Monday, according to prison authorities. He was pronounced dead about 30 minutes later.

The inmate, whose name was withheld pending notification of relatives, was serving a life sentence with the possibility of parole for a first-degree murder conviction in Marin County. He had been in prison since 1983.

Authorities identified the man’s cellmate, Rambo M. Martin, as a suspect. Martin, 26, is serving an eight-year sentence from San Bernardino County for assault with a firearm. He also is serving a four-year sentence from Kern County for assault by a prisoner with a deadly weapon.

Martin has been in prison since November 2013.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews