Member of infamous 'San Quentin 6' killed by fellow inmate

Inmate Hugo Pinell was killed in a riot that broke out at Folsom State Prison Wednesday, August 12, 2015. (KGO-TV )

California corrections officials say an inmate involved in a bloody 1971 San Quentin prison escape attempt that left six dead has been killed by a fellow prisoner.

Corrections spokeswoman Dana Simas says the slaying of 71-year-old Hugo Pinell triggered a riot Wednesday involving about 70 inmates at a maximum security prison east of Sacramento.

She says Pinell was targeted by another inmate on an exercise yard.

Eleven other inmates were taken to an outside hospital to be treated for stab wounds.

Forty-four years ago, Pinell helped slit the throats of San Quentin prison guards during an escape attempt that led to the deaths of three guards, two inmate workers and escape ringleader George Jackson.

Jackson was a Black Panther leader who was fatally shot as he ran toward an outside prison wall.
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