Man suspected of killing cellmate at Lancaster state prison

LANCASTER – The death of an inmate early Tuesday morning at the California state prison in Lancaster is being investigated as a murder, authorities said.

The inmate, whose name is being withheld pending next of kin notification, was found unresponsive in his cell and pronounced dead at 1:18 a.m.

Prison officials have named his cellmate, Aaron Alvarez, 42, as the suspect in the case.

Alvarez has been placed in the administrative segregation unit pending the investigation.

The victim was serving a life sentence for aggravated sexual assault of a child.

He was received by California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) on November 30, 1999 from San Diego County.

Murder suspect Alvarez was serving a life sentence for first-degree murder. He was received by CDCR on July 11, 2008 from Kern County.

The case is under investigation by the prison’s Investigative Services Unit and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office has also been notified.

(Information via press report from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.)

Updated 6/1/12 @ 9 a.m.: The dead inmate has been identified as Francisco Aguilar, 36.

  52 comments for “Man suspected of killing cellmate at Lancaster state prison

  1. jd
    May 31, 2012 at 2:46 pm


  2. J. Ripper
    May 31, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    To address pappaZ, here’s the definition of Aggravated Sexual Assault on a Child from the CA Penal Code section 269:

    (a) Any person who commits any of the following acts upon a child who is under 14 years of age and seven or more years younger than the person is guilty of aggravated sexual assault of a child:

    (1) Rape, in violation of paragraph (2) or (6) of subdivision (a) of Section 261.

    (2) Rape or sexual penetration, in concert, in violation of Section 264.1.

    (3) Sodomy, in violation of paragraph (2) or (3) of subdivision (c), or subdivision (d), of Section 286.

    (4) Oral copulation, in violation of paragraph (2) or (3) of subdivision (c), or subdivision (d), of Section 288a.

    (5) Sexual penetration, in violation of subdivision (a) of Section 289.

  3. FUNNY
    May 30, 2012 at 8:01 pm


    • Venessa
      August 6, 2012 at 12:18 pm

      ;) I feel ya !

  4. Abdul Majeed Askia
    May 30, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    Satan has imps that serve him. The bible says ‘satans imps’ is seven
    times worse than satan! The chief satan operates in the dark, the
    hidden hand that pulls strings and makes evil suggestions, and the
    imps carry out satans bidding. Sort’ve like using the ponds on the
    chess board to either protect the king (monarch),and/or using the
    ponds as sacrificial pieces, or using the ponds to distract or lure
    one into a situation. Thats how the hidden hand of satan works,
    from an invisible/hidden position!Remember ‘there is a metho to the
    madness’.Scientist tell us nothing happens within a vaccum! Cause
    and effect ! Satan ( an evil person,evil group of people, a wicked
    mentality ) thrives off of mischief

    Before a crime is committed it was first a thought,the thought was
    in the invisible realm and eventually manifested in the physical realm!
    ” There is a method to the madness ! ”

    I have been blessed to see into things as opposed to just looking at
    things ! By the grace of God I have been blessed with keen spiritual
    insight. Even when it comes to matters on this post I can clearly
    see moves like on a chess board,the Kings of this world and the ponds
    on the chess board.National PubliSpeaker/323-945-9589

    • Logic
      May 30, 2012 at 8:45 pm

      If you expect people to take you seriously, then perhaps you should cut out some of the absurd fairy tales you espouse on here. It is one thing to believe in a Supreme Being but it is another to talk about little magical demon trolls running around influencing people to do bad things and cause mischief. Can we get real here and start using some logic? Can we start admitting that people make BAD CHOICES and get themselves in trouble all on their own without some little horned guys making their decisions for them!

      • Quigley
        May 30, 2012 at 9:17 pm

        Whew..Big A is imped up!

      • August 15, 2012 at 4:09 pm

        What that being said, by all means every individual outcluding those mentally ill. Knows damn well what they get there selves into when you get in it, so theres no justifying it with the devil whispering in one ear n the angel in the other!! Come on gett out off here with that, and paint a picture vivid REALITY!! Punks like those deserved.there life taken.. “As a mother I feel no.mercy n heartless for any (child molester)”!!

        • audri
          September 6, 2012 at 4:59 pm

          i totally agree

      • November 2, 2012 at 9:47 pm

        I agree that the characterization of the demonic with ‘little horned beings’ is funny. However, ask yourself this question: What would possess a human being to sexually assault a child? There are truly evil acts spurned by evil, something not believed by many on the left. No, someone doesn’t simply make bad choices, rather commits evil. One slight thing in defense of the worse cretins on earth: even they look for the ‘good’ in the evil that they do. They take joy in getting their ‘kicks,’ only to kill their victims after the crime/sin has been committed.

    • Logic
      May 30, 2012 at 8:46 pm

      You have the audacity to talk about demon trolls and “science” in the same paragraph! Abso-[removed]-lutely ASTOUNDING!

    • Kings Fan
      May 30, 2012 at 10:01 pm

      Is your name really Abdul? Because, you are a fool. Has anybody ever told you that? I’m sure someone has, and, it’s too easy, but anyway, Abdul, you’re a fool. Your comments are in left field, dude! Wow…

    • ..
      May 31, 2012 at 7:20 am

      Um, ab-DULL… the word is “pawn”, not “ponds”.

    • J. Ripper
      May 31, 2012 at 12:21 pm

      Dude maybe you can quote the Bible verses you’re allegedly referring to, and also tell us the number of your dealer.

  5. Ali
    May 30, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    Jail Justice! So often these people (child predators) get off with little more than a slap on the wrist only to come out and kill a child. I believe that the majority of these people cannot be rehabilitated. I may sound heartless but as a mother I feel no sympathy for this person whatsoever.

  6. cleowatttsjr
    May 30, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    Pappa z, chacha, and the rest of you do-gooders, let me educate you. First, car thefts,stealing your own kids, etc.,although felonies, are not strikes, so that blows your theory about this sex offender making a small slip up into a life sentence. NOBODY gets a life sentence for a “little tramps lying about them,” and your other worthless theories. This turd almost certainly had multiple, provable, counts and/or victims. If your lame “blame the child” theories were true, the DA would have plead them our for some cheesy deal. It happens a lot. I’m not shedding any tears for some POS who victimizes kids in the worst possible manner, then can’t handle his business in prison and needs to be in a one man cell so “those big bad meanies” don’t get him. Good riddance chester!

    • Abdul Majeed Askia
      May 30, 2012 at 1:09 pm

      We are all told not to take the law into our on hands. There are
      a thousand and one reasons not to do so. Taking the law into our
      on hands may satisfy the emotions but the reality is it creates
      chaos and extends the crime or illegal act into more criminal
      violations ! No matter how right we may thing that we are the law
      will re-verse on us and explain the fact that we live in a society.
      Again,we all understand the emotion, we all understand the rage
      and the feelings of revenge but the reality is unless we live by
      a system of rules it will become total chaos !

      I have had family members slain and other violations that happened
      but I have always focused on the greater good by adhereing to
      the rule of law ! When law is abandon our streets become plauged
      with violent commotion. By sticking to the rule of law, in the long
      run we are able to do greater good by teaching and demonstrating
      self control,discipline,family,community and nationhood. That
      is why it is so important that we are all treated equally with
      justice before the law. Because the rule of law is our only recourse.
      When we have a just and balanced society we can all feel safe
      in bringing our cases and situations before the law.

      Over the years I have received strange threats concrning my beliefs
      and even statements or writings on this post has provoked
      negative responses from thos who are contray. In fact my life and
      my naive sons life is in danger due to our religious beliefs
      and the fact that some people just can’t deal with my straight
      forwardness,out spokenness and truthfullness in given situations.
      Imagine that if every time someone gets angry or up-set they
      became violent ! Of course that is the way some are in our society.
      If we intend to have concepts such as community(commmon-unity),
      neighborhood (neighbor-hood -cover protection) and nationhood
      (protection as a nation) we should consider what we say or
      indirectly encourage others to do !!! Yes, I believe in self
      defence but that is totally different from taking the law into
      your on hands. There has been alot of hostility focused on
      me for speaking against monarchs,racism,religious extremism,
      abuse of authority and a host of social ills. But, the rule of
      law and faith in God is the guiding principle.Again.self defence
      is totally different than taking the law into your on hands.
      Thats why we have ajudicial system.abdulaskia@yahoo.

  7. Parent
    May 30, 2012 at 10:25 am

    Yes education is key ….

    Aggravated sexual assault is a felony sexual offense governed by state laws, which vary by state. It is typically defined as a sexual assault that maims, wounds, or disfigures the victim, or involves a victim who is physically or mentally incapacitated. In most states it also means under the age of 14.

    Although I don’t agree with putting child molesters in with the general population just to tortured or killed, I’m not shedding any tears over his death.

  8. Stinger
    May 30, 2012 at 7:52 am

    I agree with you on this one, Ace. I question the wisdom of making a convicted murderer cellmates with a convicted child molester. How could there have been any other outcome than this with that combination?

    Seems intentional, to me…

  9. Hmm
    May 30, 2012 at 6:01 am

    Well said!

  10. chacha
    May 29, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    Most of these posts make the writers sound like crazy thinking heartless people. The name of the dead inmate (victim) has not been released, so how can you be calling him a child rapist?
    Sexual assault can be as simple as someone touching a person under 18 and the age difference being more than 3 years. How many of you have a 3yr or more age difference from your spouse or partner? Worse still, he may have been one of the thousands of inocent people convicted because some little tramp of a girl, trying to save face with her parents, told a lie.
    I think except for a couple of people, your comments are mean, disgusting and I hope you, your son, your husband, or brother is never accused. Regardless, killing somebody is not the answer.

    • jason
      May 30, 2012 at 2:55 am

      They usually make a distinction between a child and a minor. So if they say child chances are it was a child and not someone close to turning 18.

    • T-Bone
      May 30, 2012 at 3:53 am

      Aggravated Sexual Assult of a Child is NOT just being 18 and touching a 15yr old! Give me a Break! AGGRAVATED is the key word, LIFE SENTENCE is another clue! Much different them telling mommy a lie when you are caught Screwing Around and try to save face! Should have been hung a long time ago! He got away with 13 Yrs behind bars already!

    • QHResident
      May 30, 2012 at 8:50 am

      The guy had “life” for “aggravated sexual assult of a child,” this was more than touching a girl/boy friend that was just a little younger.

    • Parent
      May 30, 2012 at 10:27 am

      Aggravated sexual assault is a felony sexual offense governed by state laws, which vary by state. It is typically defined as a sexual assault that maims, wounds, or disfigures the victim, or involves a victim who is physically or mentally incapacitated.

      • pappa Z
        May 30, 2012 at 10:46 am

        He may have also been sentenced to life using 3 Strike Law, with his other felonies not being sex related. Example, car theft is a felony, kidnapping your own children from your ex-spouse can also be a felony. Let’s say the guy was a firefighter, so the DA applies the term aggravated because the parents of the teenage girl see him as a threat even though their own daughter has been trying to get with him for years. 3 strikes and he gets life for aggravated assault on a child of 15 almost 16. When this teenager can’t come to court, maybe because she’s working the streets with her older sister or doing drugs with her brother in the valley, the DA puts a Raggety Anne doll in a chair to represent her physically. Now add a gramma who mysteriously shows up in a wheel chair, tell me the jury won’t convict him. Then the guards at our local prison put him in with someone who has nothing to lose and leaks that he is a sex offender…no details, just that he is a sex offender. All sex offenders should NOT be treated equally.

  11. T-Bone
    May 29, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    One less piece of Crap to worry about!

    • Nicole Dawson
      May 29, 2012 at 6:03 pm

      You are really cold blooded! As heinous as his crimes were, that man did not deserve to die at the hands of his cellmate!
      I could only imagine the level of torture he inflicted before death, since there are no weapons in the cells. I wish you would not celebrate someone’s death so easily.

      • TS
        May 29, 2012 at 6:08 pm

        the more they off eachother the less taxes we need to pay,,, their lifers,,, like they care,,, and the guy killed, who gives a [removed]

        • chacha
          May 29, 2012 at 9:58 pm

          I think his family gives a s##*. We will still pay the taxes to support the State of California and all the corrupt politicians, judges and cops.

      • Leave me alone
        May 29, 2012 at 6:43 pm

        Why should a convicted child rapist receive any sympathy? Especially one who was given a LIFE SENTENCE. Sure, Alvarez is still guilty of murder (if he in fact did the killing), but the fact is that the deceased inmate likely gave that child a lifetime of torture and emotional damage, whereas the inmate’s suffering eventually came to an end.

        • chacha
          May 29, 2012 at 10:06 pm

          Some girl lie. The guy gets charged and convicted because the “victim’s” family takes the Lancaster Baptist Church to court with them to impress the DA and Judges, (also Lancaster Baptist Church members). The guy goes to jail and the girl goes about her merry way, as she did for years before, having sex with everyone and pregnant with a year. The guys life is messed up forever and the girl can’t take it back because she lives in fear of her parents and the church.

      • T-Bone
        May 29, 2012 at 7:05 pm

        That Punk that was killed is the Cold Blooded one! If you rape a kid you should have your head bashed in. He got off easy if he was only choked out!

      • Quigley
        May 29, 2012 at 7:18 pm

        Can you imagine the level of torture inflicted on this child? It got the POS life so obviously it was a crime that would break our hearts. Do you have children…must not. I think the POS should get a thank you card.

      • legalize
        May 29, 2012 at 7:32 pm

        There are people who deserve to die! Child rapers being the top of that list! I’m just not sure we should do the killing. If there truly is a God, then it is his and only his decision to end a life. Many believe that the dead man will go on to heaven. WHY? Because his ability to repent for his sins has been stolen from him. I agree with Nichole. I hope to never celebrate violent death.

        • legalize
          May 29, 2012 at 7:33 pm

          Sorry. *Nicole*.

          • Nicole Dawson
            May 29, 2012 at 7:38 pm

            Thank you!! I am happy to see that someone on here has a conscience. I despise this man for what he did, but it was not up to his cell mate to end his life! He would have gotten what was coming to him naturally. We must not be so quick to accept the killing of another, if that was in fact the case.

          • T-Bone
            May 29, 2012 at 7:46 pm

            God probably told Alvarez to do it! Now What?!

          • Quigley
            May 29, 2012 at 8:00 pm


          • Nicole Dawson
            May 29, 2012 at 8:05 pm

            God would not tell someone to kill. Thou shalt not kill, remember?
            @Quigley, I do not have children. But when I do, I will teach them that killing is wrong, no matter the circumstances.

          • Leave me alone
            May 29, 2012 at 10:02 pm

            Not to feed the off-topic trolling, but seriously? Have you read any of the bible? Kill-orders galore!

          • Quigley
            May 29, 2012 at 7:58 pm

            L & N… you have children….wonder if you would feel the same if this was your child??

          • legalize
            May 29, 2012 at 9:03 pm

            You’re talking about feelings. I have children. And I WOULD want them dead if they hurt my child. Just don’t believe that’s our action to take. I also believe that life in prison as a known child abuser would be the worse punishment.

          • Quigley
            May 29, 2012 at 9:33 pm

            Be sure and teach them to never talk to strangers!

        • J. Ripper
          May 31, 2012 at 12:20 pm

          Nah, he had plenty of opportunity to repent for his sins. Had he died immediately upon committing him, that would be different.

    • Abdul Majeed Askia
      May 29, 2012 at 6:21 pm

      My question to everyone is which is more reasonable: To prevent
      a crime before it happens or to wait until it happens and then
      prosecute the person ? I personally believe that most of the
      crimes that are committed can be prevented through proper edcation !
      Yes, I believe that meausres can be taken to reach the youth
      and those who are caught-up in re-cidivism. I believe if through
      collective consciousness and proper education eighty to ninety
      percent would turn from negative behavior. Not the typical
      form of education but the ends and outs of various life styles

  12. Chris
    May 29, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    The facility is called Los Angeles County State Prison! Lancaster is not in the title at all. Please correct this.

    • T-Bone
      May 29, 2012 at 5:50 pm

      Yes but it is in Lancaster, Correct? That is what is says…”California state prison in Lancaster”…Nothing needs to be corrected Mr. Sensitive!

    • john
      May 29, 2012 at 7:39 pm

      its called california state prision la co

      • J. Ripper
        May 31, 2012 at 12:16 pm

        And good journalistic reporting tells us the location. Duh. Get over the semantics of the naming fight that was 20+ years ago.

  13. TS
    May 29, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    Alvarez did this persons victims family a do service,,,I give him a thank you

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