SACRAMENTO — An inmate in state prison was found dead in his cell on Monday, February 15, 2016 — a victim of a homicide.
Darryl Staples, 53—who was convicted of first-degree murder in Marin more than 30 years ago in 1983 for beating to death a Mill Valley man with a fire extinguisher—was found unresponsive in his cell and pronounced dead by medical staff at 8:48 p.m.
His cellmate, Rambo Martin, 26, has been identified as the suspect, said Lt. Tony Quinn.
Martin has been in prison since November 2013 and is serving an eight-year sentence for an assault with a firearm conviction in San Bernardino County, in addition to a four-year sentence for an assault by a prisoner with a deadly weapon in Kern County.
California State Prison-Sacramento, located in Folsom, employs approximately 1,700 people. It houses nearly 2,300 inmates, many who are serving longer sentences, require mental health treatment, or have had management problems at other institutions.