Kristin Smart's Murderer Attacked in Prison, Again

Paul Flores was stabbed for 2nd time
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 12, 2024 2:30 AM CDT
Kristin Smart's Killer Attacked in Prison, Again
FILE - Paul Flores looks on at the second day of his preliminary hearing, Aug. 3, 2021.   (of San Luis Obispo) via AP, Pool, File)

Paul Flores, the convicted killer of college student Kristin Smart, was stabbed Wednesday at a California prison, the second time he has been attacked by a fellow inmate in the past year, officials said. Staff witnessed the stabbing shortly before 3:30pm in the recreation yard at Pleasant Valley State Prison and were able to end the assault using verbal commands, according to a statement from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. An injured Flores, 47, was transported to an outside medical facility for treatment and later returned to the prison in fair condition, officials said.

The inmate suspected in the assault, whose name was not released, was placed in restricted housing, the corrections department said. The attack is being investigated as an attempted homicide, the AP reports. Two suspected inmate-manufactured weapons were recovered, the department said. No other staff or incarcerated people were injured. Flores was slashed in the neck in August by another inmate in the yard of the same prison in Coalinga in central California. Flores was hospitalized and returned to the prison two days later. The man accused in that attack, Jason Budrow, has pleaded not guilty to felony charges including attempted murder and assault by an inmate serving a life sentence. Authorities didn't mention possible motives for either attack.

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