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Inmate dies at Lompoc prison

Posted at 5:32 PM, Jan 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-19 20:32:58-05

An inmate at the United States Penitentiary in Lompoc died at the facility Tuesday, officials say.

Prison officials say staff found inmate Fermin Maldonado-Lopez unresponsive around 6:45 a.m.

Life-saving efforts were performed but the 46-year-old was pronounced dead.

The prison says the FBI was notified but adds the public was never in any danger and no other staff or inmates were injured.

Maldonado-Lopez has been in custody at the prison since Aug. 13, 2018 and was reportedly serving a 63-month-sentence out of Southern California for “Illegal Reentry and Removed Alien Found in the United States,” according to a news release.

Eight hundred and 30 inmates are currently housed at the medium-security facility in Lompoc.

Prison officials have not said what may have contributed to Maldonado-Lopez’s death.