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San Quentin correctional officer slashed in face by death row inmate

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San Quentin State Prison as seen on Tuesday, August 16, 2016. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)
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A death row inmate at San Quentin who has killed two other inmates in previous attacks injured a correctional officer while being examined by medical staff Thursday morning, causing “significant facial” lacerations to the officer, prison officials said.

The incident happened just after 9 a.m. as the officer guarding the inmate during a medical exam in the prison’s Adjustment Center housing unit, one of five units where condemned inmates are housed at San Quentin.

The inmate, 49-year-old Anthony Delgado, allegedly attacked the officer with an inmate-manufactured weapon.

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

Delgado was sentenced to death in Kings County on June 21, 2000 after being convicted of first-degree murder for the death of of California State Prison-Corcoran inmate Frank Mendoza in 1998, and first-degree murder for the death of inmate James Mahoney in 1999, also at California State Prison-Corcoran. Delgado has been on California’s Death Row since June 21, 2000.

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 sent to state prison from Monterey County for second-degree burglary and served a three-year sentence.

Delgado in 1994 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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