Officials: 2 inmates found dead in cells in unrelated events

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Posted: Apr 22, 2017 9:16 PM

SOLEDAD, Calif. (AP) — California prison authorities say two inmates were found dead in unrelated events at Salinas Valley State Prison.

The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said 22-year-old Cedric Saunders was found dead in his cell Saturday and that his death is being investigated as a homicide. It gave no other details.

It says Saunders transferred to the facility in Soledad from Riverside County in July 2013 to serve a five-year sentence for second-degree robbery with a street gang enhancement.

The department says that minutes later a 61-year-old inmate was found dead in his cell. He was the cell's only occupant. A cause of death was not released.

His name is being withheld until his family can be notified.

Officials didn't immediately return a call seeking comment.

The state prison in Monterey County holds about 3,500 minimum and maximum custody male inmates.