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Saturday, November 19, 2005

LA jail inmate killed after cutting in dinner line

San Jose Mercury News
Associated Press

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.


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