Folsom, CA, prison inmate dead in recreation yard attack


California State Prison, Sacramento, once known as New Folsom, was opened in 1986 and is adjacent to Folsom State Prison, California’s second-oldest correctional facility. CSP-Sacramento houses maximum and high-security offenders.

Sacramento Bee file

The stabbing death of a California State Prison, Sacramento, inmate Saturday afternoon by two other inmates was being investigated as a homicide Sunday, corrections officials said.

Nathan Marcus, 33, was in one of the recreation yards at the high-security facility known as New Folsom about 2:12 p.m., when he was jumped by two men — Tyler Yates, 27; and Gregory Roach, 33 — California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation officials said in a news release Sunday.

Corrections officers used chemical agents to break up the violent scrum and tried to revive Marcus, according to the release, before he was pronounced dead at 2:38 p.m. Saturday.

Yates is serving an eight-year sentence out of San Diego County for first-degree burglary and assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury as a second-strike offender.

Roach, also out of San Diego County, is serving a 12-year sentence for assault with force likely to cause great bodily injury as a second-strike offender; and inflicting great bodily injury. Both are now in the prison’s administrative segregation unit pending the results of an investigation.

Marcus was originally sentenced in 2013 in San Joaquin County to four years in state prison for attempting to evade a peace officer while driving recklessly as a second-strike offender; and possession of a controlled substance for sale as a second-strike offender.

He was sentenced a second time while in prison in Kings County in 2016 to six years for possessing or manufacturing a deadly weapon while a prisoner and second-strike offender.

This story was originally published March 27, 2022 2:29 PM.

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Darrell Smith covers courts and California news for The Sacramento Bee. He joined The Bee in 2006 and previously worked at newspapers in Palm Springs, Colorado Springs, Colo., and Marysville. A Sacramento Valley native, Smith was born and raised at Beale Air Force Base, near Marysville.