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Inmate stabbed to death at Corcoran State Prison

California Sate Prison-Corcoran officials are now investigating the death of an inmate. (PHOTO: MGN)

CORCORAN, Calif. ( FOX26 News) -- California Sate Prison-Corcoran officials are now investigating the death of an inmate.

Prison officials say Dennis Cruz, 28, was stabbed to death Wednesday morning after getting into a fight with another inmate.

They say Jonathan Lewis, 35, chased Cruz down and stabbed him with a make-shift weapon.

Guards say they had to use pepper spray to stop the attack and take Lewis into custody.

They say Cruz was taken to the prison's correctional treatment center where he later died from his injuries.

Prison officials say Lewis is serving a 16-year sentence from San Diego County for assault and was previously serving a 4-year sentence from Kings County for assault by a prisoner with a deadly weapon.

Lewis has been in prison since February 2006.

CSP-COR’s Investigative Services Unit has launched an investigation into the incident. The Kings County District Attorney’s Office was notified, as was the Office of the Inspector General.

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