A 30-year-old serving a life sentence for an Orange County Cambodian gang murder became a murder victim himself last week when he was stabbed to death during a prison fight. Kimsan Moun was pronounced dead at 4:59 p.m. Thursday at a hospital near Calipatria State Prison in Imperial County, according to Lt. Everardo Silva of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR). That was about an hour and 45 minutes after Moun and two other inmates began fighting in the Facility B yard, a general population maximum-security area. “Response teams immediately converged on the fight, quelling the violence and subduing the inmates,” Silva says. “Staff used pepper spray and foam-tipped rubber rounds to control the violence.”
Moun was treated by medical staff for at least one stab wound before he was transferred to an outside hospital, and the other two fighting inmates were segregated from the rest of the prison population, according to Silva.
Inmate movement was limited during the investigation of the incident, which resulted in no harm to staff members, Silva said.
Moun and fellow members of the Long Beach-based Tiny Rascal Gang rode in a vehicle that followed a car with members of a rival gang inside in Juy 2004, when a Tiny Rascal member fatally shot the other car's driver. Moun was found guilty of first-degree murder in 2005, and Silva says Moun was “received” by the CDCR on March 4, 2006.
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