AMADOR COUNTY, Calif. (KTLA) -- A 46-year-old inmate died after being found unresponsive in his cell at Mule Creek State Prison in Ione on Wednesday, Oct. 14, and officials said they are treating the death as a homicide.
Authorities placed Austin's cellmate in segregated housing while investigators looked into the death, the release stated. It's unclear how Austin died.
Austin was serving a life sentence with the possibility of parole after being convicted on multiple child sex assault charges, including rape, lewd and lascivious conduct, continuous sex abuse and penetration with a foreign object, according to the CDCR. He had been in the prison since Oct. 2, 2008, when he was received from Contra Costa County.