Kern Valley State Prison inmate dies after being found in cell; cellmate suspected

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DELANO, California — A convicted robber has died after being found unconscious at a Central California prison and his cellmate is suspected of killing him.

State corrections officials say 34-year-old Gustavo Vital was found unresponsive Wednesday morning in his cell at Kern Valley State Prison in Delano. Efforts to revive him failed.

There's no word on the cause of death but authorities say it's being investigated as a possible homicide and Vital's cellmate is considered a suspect.

Thirty-seven-year-old Jesse Serrano has been segregated pending the investigation.

Prison officials say Vital was serving more than 33 years for second-degree robbery.

Serrano is serving a 16-year sentence for using a hostage as a shield, with a firearm involved.

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