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California prison guard dies months after inmate attack

September 18, 2018

This undated photo provided by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation shows corrections officer Armando Gallegos. Authorities said Gallegos, 56, died five months after he and another officer were attacked by a dozen inmates April 21, 2018 at Kern Valley State Prison in Delano, Calif. The CDCR said Gallegos died at a hospital Sept. 14, 2018. The guards' union believes his death is related to injuries from the assault, but the official cause is pending a coroner's report. (California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation via AP)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a California prison guard has died five months after he and another officer were attacked by inmates.

The state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation says Officer Armando Gallegos died at a hospital Sept. 14.

The guards’ union believes his death is related to injuries from the assault, but the official cause is pending a coroner’s report.

The 56-year-old had worked in the state prison system for more than a dozen years.

The two were attacked April 21 by a dozen inmates at Kern Valley State Prison in Delano.

Officials said then that one officer suffered injuries including broken vertebrae, swelling to his head and a concussion. The other officer suffered injuries to his knees, hand and face.

Prosecutors are weighing possible charges against the inmates involved.

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