Salinas Valley State Prison Investigating Inmate Homicide

Soledad, CA…On October 29, 2016, at approximately 9:40 a.m., an inmate was attacked by two inmates on the B Facility recreation yard with an inmate-manufactured weapon. Custody staff used pepper spray blast grenades to stop the attack. Medical staff immediately performed lifesaving measures on the inmate victim. The inmate was taken to a community hospital; however, he succumbed to his injuries and passed away at 10:39 a.m.


The victim’s name is being withheld until his next of kin is notified. He was 36 years old.

Two inmates have been identified as suspects. Brant Daniel, 42, is serving life with the possibility of parole for a first-degree attempted-murder conviction from Sacramento County and has been in state prison since December 13, 2015. Leonard Dunning, 57, is serving life with the possibility of parole for a second-degree murder conviction from Los Angeles County and has been in state prison since April 7, 1994. He is also serving a four-year conviction from Imperial County imposed in 2009 for battery on a non-prisoner.

Inmate movement on Facility B has been modified to facilitate the investigation. The Monterey County Coroner and the Monterey County District Attorney are also investigating. The Office of the Inspector General was notified.

SVSP, located in Monterey County, provides long-term housing for minimum- and maximum-security inmates. It provides educational, religious, work programs and self-help programs to inmates and provides treatment to mentally ill inmates. The prison, activated in 1996, houses approximately 3,700 inmates and employs approximately 1,500 people.