CMC inmate hospitalized after fight with another inmate

jlamb@thetribunenews.comJune 5, 2013 

An aerial view of California Men's Colony near San Luis Obispo.

JOE JOHNSTON — jjohnston@thetribunenews.com

A 29-year-old California Men’s Colony inmate was taken to a local hospital Tuesday after he received serious head wounds in a fight with another inmate, said CMC spokesman Lt. Robert Furster.

The incident, which is being investigated as an attempted murder, happened around 11 a.m. in the Level II Yard during the normal exercise time.

For unknown reasons, Damon Moralesallen, 28, allegedly inflicted serious head wounds to Eric Guevara, 29, using a manufactured weapon.

Guevara, who is serving a six-year sentence out of San Bernardino County for possession of a firearm by a felon, was taken to a local hospital for treatment and then brought back to the prison.

Moralesallen and Guevara have been isolated from the general population pending the investigation, Furster said. Moralesallen is serving a two-year and eight-month sentence out of Los Angeles County for possession of an illegal substance.

The last incident of this nature involving inmates — a stabbing — happened Monday in the Level III Yard, but the injuries inflicted were not as serious.

Two prison guards were hospitalized May 14 after an inmate slashed their faces and necks with a toothbrush handle carved into a knife.

“We have had an increase in these types of incidents over the last year,” Furster said.

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