Murderer killed in California prison by cellmate, officials say. Death being treated as a homicide.

Source: California State Prison-Los Angeles County

Apr. 5 2021, Updated 1:34 p.m. ET

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A convicted murder housed at California State Prison-Los Angeles County was found unresponsive in his cell at his cellmate is the alleged killer. 

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Myles S. Asuega was pronounced dead at the scene on April 2 after custody and medical staff performed life-saving measures, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. The coroner’s office will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

Asuega, 33, was admitted to the prison on Sept. 10, 2009. He was set to serve 18 years in prison for second-degree murder and an enhancement for committing a street gang act in commission with a violent felony, second-degree robbery, and resisting/deterring an officer with threats and violence.

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Officials have called his death a homicide.


Asugea’s cellmate, Roberto Kaimimoku, is a suspect in the case, officials say. He has been rehoused in the Administrative Segregation Unit pending the investigation.

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Kaimimoku was convicted for assaulting another inmate before. On Oct. 23, 2013, he was sentenced to two years for assaulting a prisoner with a deadly weapon and force likely to produce great bodily injury.

Kaimimoku, 33, was originally admitted to the facility on Oct. 7, 2008. He was set to serve a 20-year sentence for attempted second-degree murder, with enhancements for committing a street gang act in commission of a violent felony and being armed with a firearm.


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