A California inmate has been charged with tried homicide after he allegedly tried to kill one other inmate convicted within the homicide of Kristin Smart, in response to officers.
According to a launch from the Fresno County District Attorney’s Office, Jason Richard Budrow, 43, was charged on counts involving crimes by a prisoner and possessing a weapon, in addition to enhancements for excellent bodily harm, after he attacked Paul Flores.
Prosecutors declare that on Aug. 23, Budrow slashed the neck of Flores with a “manufactured weapon” inside Pleasant Valley State Prison in Coalinga. Flores was hospitalized in Fresno, however returned to jail two days later.
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Flores was arrested in 2021, convicted in 2022, and sentenced final March, and is serving a 25-year-to-life sentence for the homicide of the 19-year-old Smart, who disappeared from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo over Memorial Day weekend in 1996.
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Budrow was serving life with out parole for fatally strangling his girlfriend in 2010, when he killed his Mule Creek State Prison cellmate, Roger Reece Kibbe, 81, who was referred to as the “I-5 Strangler” in 2021.
If Budrow is convicted of the costs in reference to the assault of Flores, he faces 27 years to life, plus a nine-year determinate sentence for the enhancements, the Fresno County District Attorney’s Office mentioned.
Budrow’s arraignment is scheduled for Jan. 8.