Sacto 9-1-1
February 25, 2012
Folsom prison inmate killed in assault

By Denny Walsh
dwalsh@sacbee.com

Inmate Richard Leonard.jpgLaw enforcement officials are investigating a homicide that occurred this morning in a medium security unit of Folsom State Prison, according to Corrections Lt. Paul Baker, who is stationed at the prison.

He said Richard Allen Leonard was assaulted with a "slashing type weapon." Responding staff instituted life-saving procedures, but could not revive Leonard, who was pronounced dead at 8:01 a.m.

Leonard, 44, was serving a 25-to-life term for aggravated sexual assault on a child. He was convicted in Orange County and began serving his sentence on Sept. 2, 1998.

The matter is under investigation by personnel at the prison and from the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office, Baker said. The Office of the Inspector General's Bureau of Independent Review has been notified of the incident, he added.

He said there is no suspect at this time. The prison has been placed on a partial lockdown pending further investigation.

The prison houses more than 3,100 inmates and employs nearly 1,000 people.

Call The Bee's Denny Walsh, (916) 321-1189.

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