Crime - Sacto 911

Cellmate is suspected in prison inmate’s death in Folsom

An inmate found in his cell at California State Prison, Sacramento, in Folsom on Tuesday morning with stab wounds has died and another inmate has been identified as a suspect in the death.

Inmate Roberto Baldizon, 35, was discovered at 9:55 a.m. in his cell in the prison’s maximum-security housing with multiple stab wounds and was pronounced dead at 10:27 a.m., according to a California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation news release. Staff members found an inmate-manufactured weapon at the scene, officials said.

Investigators at the prison have identified Baldizon’s cellmate, Antolin Cepeda, 37, as a suspect in the attack. Cepeda, who was received from Los Angeles County on Jan. 28, 1997, is serving a life sentence for first-degree murder.

Officials said Baldizon was received from Los Angeles County on May 22, 2013, and was serving a 12-year sentence for assault with a deadly weapon.

Prison administrators have limited inmate movement in the facility where the incident occurred to facilitate the investigation, officials said. The Office of the Inspector General has been notified.

California State Prison, Sacramento, houses approximately 2,100 inmates, most of whom are maximum-security inmates serving long sentences or have been management problems at other institutions.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.