Notorious inmate’s lawyer says officials knew he was target

Hugo Pinell
This Jan. 8, 2014 photo from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation shows inmate Hugo Pinell. Pinell, involved in a bloody 1971 San Quentin escape attempt that left six dead, has been killed by a fellow prisoner. The slaying of Pinell triggered a riot Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015, at a maximum security prison east of Sacramento. (California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation via AP)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — An inmate who was a notorious killer with ties to the 1960s and 1970s black revolutionary movement survived 50 years in California prisons before he was fatally stabbed in an exercise yard.

Hugo Pinell’s attorney Keith Wattley says the 71-year-old inmate was killed Wednesday just days after being placed in the general prison population at California State Prison, Sacramento.

On Thursday, Wattley called Pinell’s death foreseeable, as Pinell was a target of attacks for decades. The inmate spent the last 45 years in disciplinary isolation units, partly for his own protection.

Wattley says the family is considering a wrongful death lawsuit.

Corrections officials say Pinell was one of nearly 1,000 inmates moved from isolation units in recent months as the state responded to criticism about the number of inmates there

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