LOS ANGELES - An inmate was stomped to death after he cut in front of two gang members in a dinner line at the Men's Central Jail, officials said.
"They took upon themselves to teach (the victim) a lesson," Sheriff's Capt. Ray Peavy said Thursday of the previous day's killing. "This was a brutal crime."
The attackers spent 10 to 15 minutes beating and stomping the victim's head while other inmates looked on, officials said. The men were among 30 inmates locked in a room to eat dinner while deputies searched nearby cells for weapons.
The inmates were left alone and unsupervised.