Hugo Pinell had been in prison for more than 50
An inmate of a Californian jail, who was notorious
for a failed prison break in 1971, has been killed
and others injured in a riot, officials say.
Hugo Pinell, 71, was killed and 11 inmates were
treated for stab wounds on Wednesday when
fighting broke out at California State Prison-
Pinell, in jail since 1965, had been serving three
He was part of the “San Quentin Six” behind a
prison break attempt in which four inmates and
two guards died.
He was originally given a life sentence for rape in
San Francisco, and then again in 1971 for killing a
prison guard at Soledad Prison.
Pinell received a third life term for his role in
assaulting prison guards during the infamous
prison break attempt at San Quentin jail, near San
Francisco, later the same year.
He helped to slit the throats of prison guards in
the bloody incident, which led to the deaths of six
in total, the Associated Press news agency reports.
Prison staff fired warning shots and used pepper
spray to break up the riot at the maximum security
facility on Wednesday, officials said. No members
of prison staff were injured, they added.
It is not clear if it was Pinell’s killing that triggered
the riot, as the AP news agency reports, or if he
was in fact killed during the violence.
Officials said up to 100 inmates were involved in
An investigation into how the incident unfolded is
underway, they added.
California State Prison-Sacramento houses some
2,300 inmates, most of whom are serving lengthy