Teen Jailed Over Fatal Rage Stabbing Allegedly Killed By Fellow Inmates

A teenage prisoner sentenced to life behind bars at a California jail over a fatal stabbing during a jealous rage has died after he was allegedly attacked by two of his fellow inmates, according to officials.

Inmates Christopher Dolan, 30, and Michael Ellison, 39, at High Desert State Prison (HDSP) in Susanville, are alleged to have attacked fellow inmate Michael Hastey, 19, during an altercation in an exercise yard on Friday, February 18.

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) alleged Dolan and Ellison used "manufactured weapons" to carry out the attack.

A CDCR news release said: "Officers immediately responded by using chemical agents and batons to quell the incident.

"Responding staff transported Hastey to the prison medical facility where health care staff performed life-saving measures. Hastey was pronounced deceased at 12:05 p.m."

Hastey had been sentenced to state prison from Trinity County on June 14, 2021, to serve a life with parole sentence for the January 2019 stabbing of Nathan Purdue during a jealous rage, according to CW affiliated KTLA.

Dolan had been sentenced on March 29, 2017, to serve five years, eight months, for assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury, and resisting/deterring officer with threats of violence.

Ellison had previously been sentenced on August 2004 to serve a life in prison sentence with parole for second-degree murder. But while incarcerated, Ellison was sentenced to serve a two-year sentence for possession/manufacture of a deadly weapon.

He was once again sentenced to serve another two years eight months for assault on a prisoner with a deadly weapon likely to produce great bodily injury. Another two-year sentence was handed down to Ellison for another manufacture of a deadly weapon offense.

His latest sentence was for 16 years over an assault with a deadly weapon which resulted in great bodily injuries being inflicted. The sentence was enhanced for a prior felony conviction for a serious offense.

Both the Lassen County Sheriff's Office and HDSP are investigating the death and the Officer of the Inspector General has been notified.

Newsweek has contacted the LCSO for comment.

According to the CDCR, HDSP opened in 1995, houses 2,292 inmates and employs more than 1,200 people.

Prison Policy Initiative, a public policy think tank based in Massachusetts, found state prisons reported 4,135 deaths in 2018, not including 25 people who were executed.

The number of homicides in state prisons that year reached a high of 120 deaths, and it claimed that the rate of homicide in prison is 2.5 greater than in the U.S. population "when adjusted for age, sex and race/ethnicity."

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