CDCR officials are investigating the deaths of two incarcerated people as homicides

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SACRAMENTO – California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) officials are investigating two incarcerated deaths, one at High Desert State Prison (HDSP) on July 22 and the other at California State Prison, Sacramento (CSP -SAC) on July 23.

HDSP homicide investigation

On Friday, July 22 at approximately 7:35 p.m., HDSP officers responded when inmates Joseph Gama and Alvaro Saldana attacked inmate Albert Martinez in maximum security housing. Martinez was taken to the prison’s triage and processing area to treat injuries he sustained in the attack; however, he was pronounced dead at 7:55 p.m.

Gama, 24, was sentenced at Stanislaus County CDCR on June 3, 2016, to serve 15 years for assault with a firearm causing grievous bodily harm with an upgrade for a street gang act .

Saldana, 37, was sentenced at CDCR on May 31, 2011 from Stanislaus County to serve a life sentence with parole for first-degree murder as a second attacker with intentional firearm discharge causing serious injury bodily / death.

Martinez, 52, was sentenced at CDCR on Dec. 13, 1994, from Sacramento County to serve 18 years and eight months for four counts of second-degree robbery with the use of a firearm, one count of robbery of vehicle and assault. with a firearm with the use of a firearm. While incarcerated, Martinez was sentenced in Kings County to serve a life sentence with parole for battery on a non-prisoner, a third offense. Martinez was also sentenced on February 7, 2018 in Sacramento County for Possession of a Controlled Substance in Jail/Jail, an in-jail offense.

Authorities restricted the inmates’ movement around the yard to aid the investigation by the HDSP Investigative Services Unit, the Lassen District Attorney’s Office and the Lassen County Coroner. The Inspector General’s office has been notified and the Lassen County Coroner will determine Martinez’s official cause of death.

The KVSP opened in 2005 and houses approximately 3,200 minimum, medium and high security inmates. KVSP offers academic courses and professional programs and employs approximately 1,500 people.

Homicide investigation at California State Prison, Sacramento

On Saturday, July 23 at approximately 9:39 a.m., CSP-SAC inmates Daryl Cull and Nicholas Mangelli were observed attacking inmate Wayne Caskey with weapons made in one of the maximum security yards. Responding personnel used less lethal 40mm direct impact bullets to quell the attack. Caskey was transported to the facility’s triage and processing area and called for an ambulance; however, Caskey was pronounced dead at 10:08 a.m.

Cull, 56, was sentenced at CDCR on June 16, 1999 from San Diego County to serve a life sentence with parole for attempted first-degree murder with intentional discharge of a firearm causing grievous bodily harm/ death, torture, assault with a semi-automatic firearm with use of a firearm inflicting grievous bodily harm, grievous bodily harm with grievous bodily harm and assault with force likely to produce grievous bodily harm with grievous bodily harm . On February 9, 2012, Cull received a four-year sentence from Lassen County for possession/making of a deadly weapon by an inmate as a second attacker. Additionally, on January 21, 2016, Cull received a four-year sentence from Lassen County for assault with a deadly weapon, an incarceration offense as a second attacker.

Mangelli, 32, was sentenced at CDCR on February 2, 2014 from Sacramento County to serve a life sentence without parole for first-degree murder with personal use of a dangerous or deadly weapon. On April 13, 2018, he was sentenced in Lassen County to eight years in prison for assault with a deadly weapon, an incarceration offense as a second attacker.

Caskey, 59, was sentenced at CDCR on June 15, 2009 in Sacramento County to serve a life sentence with parole for first-degree murder with intentional discharge of a firearm causing grievous bodily harm/death . While incarcerated, Caskey was sentenced on March 2, 2017, in Sacramento County to four years in prison for assault by a prisoner with a deadly weapon or force likely to produce grievous bodily harm, an offense in prison as as second attacker.

Officials limited their movement in the yard to aid in the investigation being conducted by the CSP-SAC Investigative Services Unit, the Sacramento District Attorney’s Office and the Sacramento County Coroner. The Inspector General’s Office has been notified and the Sacramento County Coroner will determine Caskey’s official cause of death.

Activated in 1986, CSP-SAC is a high security prison in Folsom which houses 1,872 inmates and employs approximately 1,700 staff. The facility houses people serving long-term sentences, people requiring specialized mental health programs, and incarcerated people with high-risk medical conditions. The institution also offers work, vocational technical education, academic, self-help, art, religious, and other rehabilitation programs.

HDSP people

From left to right: Joseph Gama, Albert Martinez, Alvaro Saldana

BA4591 Joseph Gama
H66289 Albert Martinez
H66289 Albert Martinez
AH4466 Alvaro Saldana
AH4466 Alvaro Saldana

People CSP-SAC

From left to right: Wayne Caskey, Daryl Cull, Nicholas Mangelli

G68203 Wayne Caskey
G68203 Wayne Caskey
P44344 Daryl Cull
P44344 Daryl Cull
AS7883 Nicolas Mangelli
AS7883 Nicolas Mangelli

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 25, 2022

CONTACT: CDCROPEC Press [email protected]

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