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California prison officials say two inmates suspected in Pinell stabbing death

California prison officials say two inmates suspected in Pinell stabbing death

California prison officials on Thursday said two inmates are suspected of stabbing to death Hugo Pinell, a prominent figure in 1970s prison violence who until last year had spent more time in solitary confinement -- 43 years -- than any other state inmate. Pinell, 71, was among those released from isolation early last year after a statewide prison hunger strike protesting California's practice of holding inmates in isolation indefinitely for association with prison gangs. According to the state corrections department, he was attacked shortly before 1 p.m. on Wednesday at California State Prison-Sacramento, triggering a riot on the prison yard that involved some 70 inmates. ...

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