Prison ATTACK – Hit INSIDE Jail?!

Paul Flores, who was convicted in 20222 of murdering college student Kristin Smart, is finding prison to be a more painful experience than he might have anticipated. On Wednesday, April 10 he was stabbed by a fellow inmate, marking the second occasion in the past year that he’s been the target of potentially lethal violence, according to prison officials.

Flores is currently serving a 25-to-life sentence for Smart’s murder. Smart, a 19 year-old student at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, disappeared from the school’s campus during Memorial Day Weekend, 1996. According to prosecutors, Flores killed Smart while attempting to violate her in her dorm room while both were freshmen at the university. He was initially suspected because he was seen walking her home from a party. He was the last person seen with her. It took investigators nearly thirty years to assemble the case against him.

According to a statement issued by California’s Department of Corrections, the stabbing happened in front of prison staff, who witnessed the incident in the Pleasant Valley State Prison’s recreation yard at around 3:30 PM on the day in question.

The 47 year-old Flores was injured severely enough that he required off-site treatment. He was transported to an outside treatment facility, then returned to prison once his condition had been classified as “fair.”

The Department’s statement withheld the suspect’s name, but revealed that the attacker was moved to restricted quarters following the incident. It also said that a pair of weapons, which appear to have been manufactured by inmates, have been recovered. The incident is being treated as an attempted murder by investigators.

Back in August of 2023, another attacker—a man named Jason Budrow—slashed Flores’s neck. Flores was hospitalized for two days following the incident. Budrow has pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and several other felony charges stemming from the incident.

Authorities have declined to speculate on the motives behind either of the attacks.