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Convicted Child Molester Beaten to Death in California Prison

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WASCO, Calif. – A convicted child molester was beaten to death by a 19-year-old inmate in a California prison less than a week after the 66-year-old began serving his time at the facility, officials announced Wednesday.

Agustin Duran was pronounced dead just before 5 p.m. Sunday, a day after inmate Andres Ayon pummeled the 66-year-old at Wasco State Prison, officials said in a news release.

The prison facility is located about 30 miles northwest of Bakersfield.

On July 7, at around 7:20 p.m., Ayon reportedly began punching Duran in the face and upper torso.

An alarm prompted all inmates to drop on the ground. Nevertheless, Ayon kept striking Duran, CDCR said.

This led to intervention by prison staff. Correctional officers used a pepper spray grenade on the 19-year-old in order to gain compliance, which occurred. Afterward, Ayon was placed in a holding cell.

Duran was critically injured and airlifted to the hospital. However, he was declared dead the next day at around 4:48 p.m., authorities said.

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Convicted child molester Agustin Duran, 66, was beaten to death by another inmate at Wasco State Prison in California. (Megan’s Law)

Duran had only been at the prison for five days before the deadly assault. He was serving a 55-year sentence for lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14.

Ayon was in prison serving a 6-year sentence for second-degree robbery and use of a deadly weapon. He has been at the prison since June 22.

Ayon was treated for minor injuries and moved to the facility’s administrative segregation unit. Wasco State Prison officials said it will be investigating the incident as a homicide.

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The primary mission of Wasco State Prison is to provide short-term housing necessary to process, classify and evaluate new inmates physically and mentally to determine their security level, program requirements, and appropriate institutional placement. The prison was activated in 1991 and houses about 4,900 inmates and employs approximately 1,500 people.

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Was justice served…no one likes a child molester, I esp don’t, I was molested by an older man at the age of 11, I was given wine and wooed I suppose you might say, by this man that was a friend of the family…I never told, he had me convinced I wouldn’t be believed, and when I heard of his death I was actually feeling vindicated as a young adult…despite this all I guess this man got what he deserved…but now a less fellon is a murderer, that’s not fair but given his age I’d say in his background he was or knew someone who was molested/raped and it’s why he so violently attacked this man…I can relate to the rage he must have felt, but it’s not our place to take the law in our own hands, now this young man will serve a life sentence most likely and his life is now another victim of a beast that preyed on helpless children, sad to say but I feel sorry for this young man…he should have not allowed his rage to destroy his life…anger is a powerful thing…but forgiveness is what we have to do, as a child I wanted that man to be stripped naked and tied to a fireant hill..but I had to forgive for my sake, although I never condone this horrid action of harming a child in a way that scars are there for life…a sound or a smell can take you right back to the experience and you are harmed for life…I only got beyond it by the grace of God and loving a LEO who made me feel safe…
Was justice served? Good question!

I’m so sorry for what you went through. This young man could have gone through the horrific abuse that would indeed cause the anger and rage to kill. I’m thinking though that the kid did it to secure his own protection, I don’t think he intended to kill him. The kid is looking at 6yrs, that is a long time to be sitting on the outside of the wrong gang. One of his charges was use of a deadly weapon which tells me he’s more comfortable with confrontation using a weapon, beating this guy sounds like it was just a right of passage to prove himself. That’s not to say he wasn’t abused, the brutality of the beating sounds like his anger manifested the more he hit him. Was Justice served? I don’t think so, only because to me unless this guy was his molester or some how personally connected to him it wasn’t his fight to be fought.

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