Wasco State Prison investigating inmate's death as possible homicide

WASCO, Calif. - Officials at Wasco State Prison are investigating an inmate's death as a possible homicide.  Officials say around 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jason Morris, 43, was found unresponsive in his cell. Responding staff immediately initiated lifesaving measures. An ambulance was summoned; however, Morris was pronounced dead at 3:25 p.m.

Morris was received into the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation from Fresno County on Nov. 8, 2016. He was serving two concurrent three-year sentences for lewd and lascivious acts on a child under 14 years old.

Morris’ cellmate, age 36, has been identified as the suspect. He was received into CDCR custody from Orange County on Feb. 1, 2017, with a sentence of 14 years for assault with a deadly weapon. His name is being withheld pending investigation.

Investigators from the Kern County District Attorney’s Office are assisting in the investigation. The Office of the Inspector General has been notified.


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