Man who abducted and killed college student Kristin Smart is in serious condition after being attacked by prison inmates

The man convicted of killing Kristin Smart, who vanished from a California college campus in 1996, was attacked in the state prison where he’s serving his sentence, the Associated Press reported.

Paul Flores was hospitalized Wednesday in serious condition. Pleasant Valley State Prison officials wouldn’t confirm the details of Flores’ hospitalization, but his attorney Harold Mesick, said he was notified by officials that his client was attacked, according to the AP’s report.

Flores was sentenced in March to 25 years to life in prison for killing Smart.

The 19-year-old disappeared from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo on the state’s scenic Central Coast over Memorial Day weekend in 1996.

Her remains have never been found, but she was declared legally dead in 2002.

Prosecutors maintained that Flores, now 46, killed Smart during an attempted rape on May 25, 1996, in his dorm room at the university, where both were first-year students. He was the last person seen with Smart as he walked her home from an off-campus party.

Read the full report over at the Associated Press.

Sky Palma

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