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Authorities identify inmate who died in suspected homicide at Folsom prison

An inmate who died Monday night after he was found unresponsive in his cell at California State Prison, Sacramento, in Folsom has been identified by prison authorities as 53-year-old Darryl Staples.

Staples’ cellmate, Rambo M. Martin, 26, has been identified as a suspect in the death, which is being investigated as a homicide, according to a California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation news release.

Correctional officers found Staples unresponsive in his cell at 8:20 p.m. Monday. Medical staff at the prison began lifesaving measures, but Staples was pronounced dead at 8:48 p.m.

Staples was serving a sentence of life without possibility of parole from Marin County for first-degree murder and had been in prison since June 10, 1983.

His cellmate, Martin, is serving an eight-year sentence from San Bernardino County for assault with a firearm, his second strike, according to prison officials. He also is serving a four-year sentence from Kern County for assault by a prisoner with a deadly weapon and has been in prison since November 2013.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy