DELANO, Calif. (AP) — California prison officials say a man convicted of murder two years ago is being investigated in the death of a fellow inmate after he was seen beating the man in a cell.
The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation says 29-year-old Matthew Johnson has been placed in administrative segregation at Kern Valley State Prison in Delano during the investigation.
Officials say prison staff saw Johnson hitting 51-year-old Richard Ruse in the head with both fists on Thursday. After Johnson was pepper-sprayed and pulled away, staffers found a hand-made weapon in the cell.
Ruse died at a hospital.
Most Read Nation & World Stories
- Battle for Warnock’s seat at center of US Senate power struggle once again
- Omicron loosens its hold, but 'this is a choose-your-own-adventure story'
- University mistakenly told 58 students they’d won full rides; it’ll pay their tuition anyway
- Hiker plunges 700 feet in the latest of many selfie-related deaths
- Bridge collapses, drops city bus into Pittsburgh ravine
Johnson is serving 28 years to life with the possibility of parole after being convicted of a 2015 murder.