CA inmate was killed minutes after prison gave him Aryan Brotherhood associate as new cellmate, lawsuit says

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CA inmate was killed minutes after prison gave him Aryan Brotherhood associate as new cellmate, lawsuit says

SACRAMENTO — In May 2018, wanting to consolidate their inmate-to-cell ratio, officials at High Desert State Prison decided to place an inmate named Rodney DeLong in a cell with Robert John Stockton, an Aryan Brotherhood associate who had stabbed someone to death for the notorious prison gang just two years earlier.

A half-hour later, DeLong was dead , lying in a pool of his own blood in the floor of the cell. Stockton, according to court records, dropped the murder weapon — a shank crafted from a metal cell door — through the food tray port and surrendered to corrections officers.

At the time he was killed, DeLong had only seven months left on his sentence. Stockton, meanwhile, was serving life, having been convicted of murdering Corning resident Todd Bates, 20, in 1995.

Now, a suit filed by DeLong’s mother alleges that prison officials either missed or ignored a crucial warning sign: that DeLong had been listed as an enemy of the Aryan Brotherhood, meaning that Stockton or any other member or associate of the gang would be expected to attack DeLong on sight, or face retribution themselves.

The suit, filed Jan. 27, alleges that a simple database check would have shown that DeLong was not to be housed with anyone who’s a part of the Aryan Brotherhood, and that the California Department of Corrections failed to adequately train employees, monitor the cell, or keep violent prison gang members segregated from other incarcerated people, among other alleged failures.

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