TEHACHAPI – California Correctional Institution (CCI) officials are investigating the death of an inmate as a homicide.
Around 8:56 am on Wednesday, November 22, two inmates named Carlos Cervantes and Armando Taylor allegedly attacked David Moreno during an argument.
Personnel responded immediately, using chemical agents to quickly extinguish the incident.
Moreno was stabbed multiple times and life-saving measures were taken. On the way to an outside medical facility, Moreno was pronounced dead at 9:39 am.
Three weapons made by the prisoner were recovered at the scene. Cervantes and Taylor were relocated and limited population movement. The investigation is ongoing by CCI’s Investigative Services Unit and the Kern County District Attorney’s Office. The Office of the Inspector General has been notified, and the Kern County Coroner will determine Moreno’s official cause of death.
Moreno, 38, was received from Los Angeles County on April 21, 2004. He was sentenced on March 18, 2004 to life with the possibility of parole for two counts of attempted first-degree murder with an enhancement. to intentionally discharge a firearm causing serious bodily injury or death. On July 23, 2015, Moreno was sentenced to an additional three years for battery on a non-prisoner, a jail violation.
Cervantes, 39, was received from Kern County on August 23, 2018. He was sentenced on August 9, 2018 to life without the possibility of parole for two counts of first-degree murder with enhancements to the discharge of firearms and intentional discharge of firearms causing great bodily harm or death. In Feb. 14, 2020, he was sentenced to additional prison terms for the following offenses: four years for assaulting an incarcerated person with a means of force likely to result in great bodily harm as a second striker and two years for possessing or manufacturing a deadly weapon as a prisoner and second striker.
Taylor, 41, was arrested in Imperial County on December 22, 2017. He was sentenced to life with the possibility of parole for first-degree murder with the personal use of a dangerous or deadly weapon and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder. that murder. That Nov. 3, 2020, he received one year for the in-prison offense of committing battery on a non-prisoner. On July 30, 2022, he received four years in prison for the offense of committing assault with a deadly weapon using force likely to result in great bodily harm or death as a second striker.
CCI opened in 1933 and is a maximum-security prison housing approximately 1,710 inmates. The general population of the institution focuses on providing educational/vocational, and other rehabilitative opportunities.