US prison riot leaves infamous inmate dead, injures five

Fight at California prison results in riot leaving Hugo Pinell, member of infamous 'San Quentin 6,' dead, injuring 11 others

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A fight at a California state prison on Wednesday triggered a riot leaving Hugo Pinell, member of infamous “San Quentin 6,” dead and 11 others injured with stab wounds, officials said.

The fight began at around 1:00pm between at least 100 inmates in a maximum-security area at the California State Prison, California Corrections spokeswoman, Dana Simas, said.

Eleven inmates were taken to the hospital with wounds resulting from stabbing and many others were injured, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said in a statement.

Prison staff used pepper spray and fired warning shots in an effort to break up the riot at the prison, while no prison staff were injured.

The dead inmate identified as Hugo Pinell (71) had been in custody since 1965, convicted of rape and sentenced to life, then later convicted again for the murder of a prison guard during the infamous prison break attempt at San Quentin jail, near San Francisco in 1971.

Pinell had helped to slit the throats of prison guards in the incident, leading to the killings of six guards in total.

Further investigation regarding Wednesday’s incident is said to take place.

California State Prison-Sacramento is home to some 2,300 inmates.

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