Delano

Cellmate is suspect in state inmate death at Delano prison

Cellmate is suspect in state inmate death at Delano prison
Dennis John Bratton has been named a suspect in an inmate death at Kern Valley State Prison in Delano, Calif. (CDCR photo)

DELANO, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) - The death of an inmate in Kern Valley State Prison has been ruled a homicide.

An inmate, whose name was withheld, was found dead inside his cell Thursday morning, according to prison officials.

The cellmate, 43-year-old Dennis John Bratton, is believed to be responsible, prison officials said.

Bratton is serving a life sentence out of San Diego County for attempted murder, multiple counts of assault with deadly weapons and firearms, and an in-prison assault with a deadly weapon. He's been in the state prison system since 1997.