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.