SOLEDAD — Two inmates were found deceased Saturday, April 22, in two separate incidents at Salinas Valley State Prison (SVSP).

Inmate Cedric J. Saunders, 22, was found unresponsive in his assigned cell in Facility C Saturday morning, and pronounced deceased at 9:05 a.m. Next-of-kin has been contacted. Saunders was received by CDCR in July 2013 from Riverside County with a five-year sentence for second-degree robbery with a street gang enhancement.

SVSP officials have named Saunders’ cellmate, Andy Loni, as a suspect. Loni, 45, was received by CDCR in September 1991 from Los Angeles County to serve life with the possibility of parole for attempted first-degree murder and assault with a firearm. He has been rehoused in SVSP’s Administrative Segregation Unit as the incident is investigated.

In a separate incident, David Bobst, 61, was found unresponsive in his assigned cell Saturday morning, and was pronounced deceased at 9:53 a.m. He was the sole occupant of the cell. Next-of-kin has been contacted. Bobst was received by CDCR in November 1987 from Orange County to serve life with the possibility of parole for lewd and lascivious acts with a child under the age of 14, vehicle theft, and first- and second-degree burglary.

SVSP’s Investigative Services Unit is investigating both incidents as unrelated homicides.

SVSP opened in May 1996 on approximately 300 acres in Monterey County. The institution provides long-term housing for approximately 3,500 minimum- and maximum custody male inmates and employs 1,395 people.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                         

April 24, 2017     

Contact: Lt. Eduardo Mazariegos
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