Hugo Pinell was stabbed to death Wednesday in a California prison. (Photo: California DOC)

Hugo Pinell was stabbed to death Wednesday in a California prison. (Photo: California DOC)

A notorious inmate, who was part of a deadly prison escape attempt in 1971, was stabbed to death Wednesday afternoon at New Folsom prison in California, triggering a riot of about 70 inmates, authorities said.

Hugo Pinell, 71, was once one of the country's most infamous prisoners. The convicted rapist was one of the "San Quentin Six" whose escape attempt ended the lives of six people, including two corrections officers, three inmates and George Jackson, founder of the Black Guerilla Family prison gang, a corrections spokeswoman told the New York Daily News.

A fellow inmate attacked Pinell on Wednesday in the exercise yard, sparking a behind-bars battle.

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