California Prisoner Stabbed To Death; 2 Inmates Suspected

DELANO, Calif. (AP) — A California prison inmate was stabbed to death Friday and two other men were identified as suspects, authorities said.

Artemio Gomez, 40, was attacked at around 8:15 a.m. at Kern Valley State Prison, north of Bakersfield, according to a statement from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Guards quickly used “chemical agents” to break up the attack but Gomez received several stab wounds and died at a hospital, the department said.

Two inmate-made weapons were recovered.

Gomez was admitted from Orange County in 2002. he was serving more than 29 years for a carjacking, robbery and unlawful sex with a victim under age 18. He also had convictions for battery and possessing drugs while in prison.

His suspected attackers were identified as Marcos Lomeli and Alberto Mejia, authorities said.

Lomeli, 37, of Los Angeles County, was serving life without possibility of parole for murder and carjacking, along with assault with a deadly weapon while in prison and making or possessing a deadly weapon while behind bars.

Mejia, 27, of Los Angeles County, was serving life with a chance of parole for second-degree murder and other crimes. He also was convicted of several assaults with deadly weapons while behind bars.