A prisoner found dead in a Northern California prison. CDCR says two more are suspected of murder
A murder investigation is underway at High Desert State Prison in Northern California after two inmates attacked and stabbed a third inmate over the weekend.
Shortly after 8:15 on Saturday night, 33-year-old Alexander J. Jasow was stabbed multiple times by Jesse E. Diaz, 32, and Jose A. Nava, 29, according to officials with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. . Officials said a weapon made by one of the prisoners was found at the scene. No other staff or guests were injured.
Authorities said Jasso was taken to an outside medical facility and received life-saving treatment, but was pronounced dead around midnight.
CDCR said in a press release that both Diaz and Nava have been moved to a restricted residence. The High Desert State Prison Investigative Services Unit is working with the Lassen County District Attorney’s Office and the Lassen County Coroner to investigate the death. The coroner will determine the official cause of Jasoo’s death.
Jasso was transferred to the state prison from Monterey County in June 2011 to serve life with the possibility of parole. He was found guilty of attempted first-degree murder, assault with a semi-automatic weapon, and firing a firearm into a dwelling, a vehicle, or an inhabited aircraft. Got improvements for street gang activity.
Diaz also came to the CDCR from Monterey County and has been in state custody since April 2014. He is serving a life sentence with the possibility of parole for first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, and assault with force likely to result in major bodily injury. Also got improvements to use of firearms and street gang activity.
NAVA entered CDCR custody in October 2017 from San Mateo County. He is serving 23 years for attempted second-degree murder and firing a firearm into a dwelling, a vehicle, or an inhabited aircraft. Also got improvements to use of firearms and street gang activity.