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Kings County Death Row prisoner slashes Corrections Officer

Anthony Delgado, 49, attacked a correctional officer with an inmate-manufactured weapon at San Quentin State Prison. (Photo San Quentin)

Condemned inmate Anthony Delgado, 49, attacked a correctional officer with an inmate-manufactured weapon at San Quentin State Prison Thursday morning while being examined by medical staff according to a CDCR news release.

Investigators at San Quentin have launched a probe into the attack that occurred just after 9 a.m. as the officer was providing coverage during a medical examination in the prison’s Adjustment Center housing unit. The Adjustment Center is one of five units in the prison where male condemned inmates are housed.

The officer suffered a significant facial injury. He was taken to an outside hospital for treatment of several lacerations and is expected to make a full recovery.

Delgado was sentenced to death in Kings County on June 21, 2000. He was convicted of the first-degree murder of California State Prison-Corcoran inmate Frank Mendoza in 1998 and the first-degree murder of inmate James Mahoney in 1999, also at California State Prison-Corcoran.

Delgado was initially admitted to state prison from Monterey County in 1986 with a four-year sentence for receiving stolen property. He served a two-year sentence in 1986 from Solano County for possession/manufacture of a deadly weapon by a prisoner, an in-prison offense.

In 1990, he was admitted to state prison from Monterey County for second-degree burglary and served a three-year sentence.

In 1994, Delgado was admitted from Santa Cruz County to serve a five-year sentence for assault with a firearm.

He was sentenced in Lassen County in 1998 to serve a life sentence for resisting or deterring an officer with threat or violence and battery on a non-prisoner, in-prison offenses, and his third strike.

There are 749 inmates on death row in California. San Quentin, opened in 1852, is California's oldest correctional institution. The prison houses 3,807 inmates and employs 1,733 people.

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