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*UPDATED* Joe Son Being Investigated for Cellmate’s Homicide in Wasco Prison Monday

By Mike Russell

(It looks like we may be able to add “murderer” to Joe Son’s resume below “kidnapper” and above “rapist.”)

A poster on’s Underground Forum revealed today that former UFC fighter and incarcerated kidnapper and rapist Joseph Hyungmin Son may have been involved in the murder of his cellmate in the California prison he currently is housed in and it appears that the story has some truth to it.

Here’s what the poster, SoCal PriznGard posted today:

“I am the first to break this news! Ex UFC fighter, Joe Son has murdered his cellmate. While serving a life sentence for gang rape, Joe Son has been attacked several times by other inmates who do not tolerate rapists in prison. It has not yet been determined why he killed his cellmate or how.

No troll. Fact: celly found dead. Joe and dead guy only ones in cell together. Guard doing count, sees celly is unresponsive, medical arrives. CPR performed. Celly has trauma to chest area. Pronounced dead. Innocent until proven guilty but looks like he did it. These are the only facts that I have right now. Investigation still in progress since it just happened on Monday around 5:00 pm.” spoke with a representative from the prison’s litigation department, after being passed on by Wasco’s public information officer this morning, and when asked whether or not Son was involved in said incident, we were told that a press release on the situation is forthcoming, likely later today — meaning that there is at least some truth to the rumor.

Here’s what we were told a few minutes ago:

“Right now I am working on a press release and I can’t get that information out until our headquarters puts a rubber stamp on it, so that’s where I’m at right now with it. That’s pretty much all I can tell you right now. They control when it’s released, but it may be released this afternoon, possibly.”

If there was no incident and Son was not involved, we would have been informed as much.

We’ll have more on the incident after we receive the press release this afternoon.


WASCO – Officials from Wasco State Prison-Reception Center (WSP-RC) and the Kern County District Attorney’s Office are investigating the death of an inmate as a homicide. The inmate, whose name is being withheld pending notification of his next of kin, was found dead in his cell about 5:50 p.m. October 10, 2011.

The 50-year-old inmate was received at WSP-RC from San Luis Obispo County on June 23, 2011, as a parole violator with a new term for failure to register as a sex offender. He received a 2-year sentence.

Joseph Son, 40, has been identified as a suspect in the case. Son was received at WSP-RC from Orange County on September 16, 2011, on a life sentence with the possibility of parole for torture.

The Office of the Inspector General’s Bureau of Independent Review was notified.

WSP-RC’s primary mission is to provide short-term housing while new inmates are processed to classify and evaluate new inmates, physically and mentally, and to determine their security level, program requirements and appropriate institutional placement. WSP-RC, which was opened in February 1991, houses approximately 5,800 inmates and employs approximately 1,700 people.

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ariahmendoza- November 11, 2011 at 4:59 pm
does anyone know the name of the inmate the was murdered?
concrete jungle- October 12, 2011 at 8:29 pm
WOW....what a fucking suprise
fingerssfv- October 12, 2011 at 8:28 pm
deceased, not deseaced. oops
fingerssfv- October 12, 2011 at 8:27 pm
Well, at least it was WASCO. If it were North Kern (DELANO) which means "sucks" in Japanese; if it were Delano, check this out: an inmate is found unconscious one morning. It was found he was deseaced, so instead of seeking a cause of death, the COs have all the inmates in the Reception Dorm, stand in line, row by row, looking at hands, pulling innocent inmates out of line, who may have been involved in inmate's killing. Unfortunately, these idiots never thought to bring in a doctor to establish cause of death, until after rousing the whole dorm. The inmate died of a heart attack or something, and died in his sleep, I suppose. I was sleeping, but I certainly did NOT appreciate being pulled from a lineup, in whic hthere was no victim. Those guards at Delano are such crackheads. Compared to Wasco, which is identical to Delano, Delano is run by morons. At least, Wasco, the guards will last longer, because less of them will disrespect inmates.
charlieb1488- May 15, 2012 at 9:04 am
Oh boo hoo! You got inconvenienced while in prison. You poor baby!
SuckMySkyWalker- October 12, 2011 at 11:33 am
Relax people...Rape is not the end of the world. Its just sex.
zhmmbb- October 12, 2011 at 6:45 am
top UFC service for women,welcome to visit
Todd M- October 11, 2011 at 7:36 pm
Cage vs Cons, The MMA guy is always going to win.
mt59801- October 11, 2011 at 6:38 pm
Do we count this on his W/L record since it wasn't a sanctioned fight?? Also letting an inmate keep his metal rimmed bowler hat is just irresponsible
KarmaAteMyCat- October 11, 2011 at 6:36 pm
This is off a link Posted by Cagepotato but it's related so..
Squirrel- October 11, 2011 at 4:51 pm
Guapo, you forgot cable. We'd hate to see a prisoner treated inhumanely. Not like we give a fuck right?
GistoftheFist- October 11, 2011 at 4:51 pm
Did he kill the cellmate by throwing a shoe?
bobdobalina- October 11, 2011 at 4:15 pm

Thanks so much for the info. I was just telling all the guys at jiu jitsu that i needed a $35 Juicy handbag and women's Chanel sandals. Keep up the awesome posts.
myklhoey- October 11, 2011 at 4:04 pm
hes still heated about gettin punched in the balls repeatedly by keith hackney at ufc 4
BeefcurtainBurp- October 11, 2011 at 3:05 pm
Update: Inmates in the adjacent cell heard a disturbance, followed by a man saying "That really hurt! I'm going to have a lump there, you idiot! Who throws a shoe, really? You fight like a woman!"
Koeikan- October 11, 2011 at 1:57 pm

Horrible, but I LOL'd.
NomadRip- October 11, 2011 at 1:46 pm
Sensationalist journalism. He fell.
RSparrow- October 11, 2011 at 1:41 pm
I needed that today... thank you.
Fried Taco- October 11, 2011 at 1:33 pm
Failure to register as a sex offender means you get stuck in a cell with Joe Son? Damn, anybody seen those papers? I need to send them in quick!
Kintamachikara- October 11, 2011 at 1:26 pm
Well... On the upside, he finally won a fight.
omunto- October 11, 2011 at 1:12 pm
Why does everyone condemn rape. C'mon you know we all keep a bottle of chloroform next to our bed so that once our girlfriends goto sleep we can "finish up" without interuptions or complaining. Am I right?!?! ...nobody? Soooo I guess it's just me huh?...
JoAnna- October 11, 2011 at 1:05 pm
Wow, I just read the article on why he is in jail. He needs to die soon. He is a vicious animal.
JoAnna- October 11, 2011 at 1:03 pm
Stone cold killer. Ugh.
KarmaAteMyCat- October 11, 2011 at 12:43 pm
This shit amuses me.
Zwhobs- October 11, 2011 at 12:41 pm
That's street justice
Oh, what, so just let the animals wipe themselves out, right?
God willing. Fuck 'em, and everybody that looks like 'em.
TheWarsawExpress- October 11, 2011 at 12:40 pm

You are one sick freak, but you made me laugh. My captcha was ancient cuneiform.