Noted ball-punch-taker, pseudo-actor, convicted gang rapist and all-around despicable bastard Joe Son is now under suspicion of murdering his cellmate in prison according to the Wasco CA Litigation Department:

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 story was first broken by a guy on the UG with the handle “SoCalPriznGuard” (very subtle), and subsequently confirmed by the above press release. Joe Son, as you’ll recall, is serving a life prison sentence for the 1991 gang-rape of a California woman. That sentence included the possibility of parole, but seeing as he’s probably now guilty of straight-up murder, I don’t think this shitbag will ever see the light of day again. World Improvement Index: +1.

It’s times like this that make me appreciate the vast majority of MMA fighters for not being gigantic shitbags. Sure, you have guys like Joe Son, Mike Whitehead and War Machine (I don’t count the heart-eating guy), but for the most part the MMA community conducts itself with an acceptable degree of decency, especially when judged by the standards of other pro sports. Hooray MMA, boo Joe Son.