San Quentin Death Row inmate attacks guard


(KRON) A death row inmate at San Quentin attacked a guard last week while being secured in a shower stall.

According to San Quentin Prison, the guard was escorting inmate Richard Penunuri to the shower stall when Penunuri grabbed the officer’s arm, slashing it with a prison made weapon.

The guard suffered a significant injury to his right forearm.

Penunuri is a convicted gang member who sentenced to death in Los Angeles County in February 2001.

He was convicted of first-degree murder in the 1997 gang-related murders of Bryan Molina, 17, and Michael Murillo, 18.

While in custody at Los Angeles County Jail, Penunuri ordered the murder of Jamie Castillo to prevent him from testifying in the pending double-murder trial.  He was also convicted of the first-degree murder of Castillo.

There are 749 inmates on Death Row in California. San Quentin, opened in 1852, is California’s oldest correctional institution. The prison houses approximately 3,800 inmates and employs more than 1,600 people.

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