Officials say that a prisoner in California has been charged with attempted murder after he reportedly attempted to kill another prisoner who had been found guilty of killing Kristin Smart.
Jason Richard Budrow, 43, was charged with crimes by a prisoner and possessing a weapon, along with enhancements for grave bodily injury, after he attacked Paul Flores, according to a release from the Fresno County District Attorney’s Office.
Budrow is accused by the prosecution of using a “manufactured weapon” to cut Flores’ neck on August 23 at Pleasant Valley State Prison in Coalinga. After being admitted to a Fresno hospital, Flores was released from custody two days later.
After being detained in 2021, found guilty in 2022, and given a sentence in March, Flores is currently serving a 25-year to life sentence for the 1996 Memorial Day weekend murder of 19-year-old Smart, who vanished from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo.
When Budrow killed Roger Reece Kibbe, 81, a.k.a. the “I-5 Strangler” in 2021, he was serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole for killing his fiancée in 2010. Kibbe was a cellmate at Mule Creek State Prison.
Budrow faces 27 years to life in prison plus a nine-year determinate sentence for the enhancements if he is found guilty of the charges related to Flores’ assault, according to the Fresno County District Attorney’s Office.
The arraignment of Budrow is set for January 8.