An inmate stabbed a fellow prisoner to death with a handmade weapon Monday at Pelican Bay State Prison, authorities said.
A 57-year old inmate at the facility near Crescent City who began serving his 13-year sentence in April was attacked by Justin Knuth, 34, a California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation news release said.
Officers responded when Knuth attacked his fellow inmate in a recreation yard at 1:13 p.m., the release said. An officer discharged a warning shot from a mini rifle to stop the attack. Staff attempted life-saving efforts on the victim, but he was pronounced dead from multiple stab wounds at 1:30 p.m., authorities said.
Knuth began serving a five-year sentence in 2016 for burglary and domestic violence-related charges committed in San Diego County, the news release said. He has since received two additional sentences for in-prison charges in San Bernardino County, adding four years to his incarceration. The offenses include possessing and/or manufacturing a deadly weapon and battery of a non-prisoner, the release said.
Pelican Bay State Prison in Del Norte County is located off Highway 101, approximately 12 miles south of the Oregon-California border. It houses 2,651 minimum-, medium-, and maximum-security inmates.