Wasco, CA – A convicted child molester only lasted six days in prison before he was beaten to death by another inmate.
Agustin Duran, 66, entered the Wasco State Prison on July 2, after being sentenced in Los Angeles County to 55 years in prison with the possibility of parole for the offense of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14 years old, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said in a news release.
On July 7, Duran was in a prison dayroom at approximately 7:20 p.m., when another inmate, 19-year-old Andres Ayon, attacked him by hitting him in the torso and face with his fists.
Prison officials sounded an alarm and all of the inmates dropped to the ground, with the exception of Ayon, who continued to viciously beat the convicted sex offender.
Prison staff deployed a “pepper spray grenade” to break up the attack, at which point Ayon laid down in a “prone position,” according to the news release.
He was handcuffed and escorted to a temporary holding cell, while corrections officers rushed Duran out of the dayroom on a gurney.
Duran was transported to a local hospital by air ambulance, where he succumbed to his injuries at 4:48 p.m. on July 8.
Ayon was treated at the prison for minor injuries and has been placed into segregation while the incident was being investigated.
The news release said that Ayon entered the Wasco State Prison on June 22, after being sentenced to six years for use of a deadly weapon and second-degree robbery in Kern County.
Wasco State Prison’s primary function is to classify and evaluate new inmates for the most appropriate long-term placement in other penal facilities, the news release read.
The facility employs about 1,500 people and houses approximately 4,900 inmates.