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Man convicted of killing Central Coast college student Kristin Smart apparently attacked in prison

Paul Flores was found guilty of the 1996 murder of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo student Kristin Smart.
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Paul Flores was taken to a hospital from a Central Coast prison after apparently being attacked.

Attorney says Paul Flores was seriously injured, and taken to hospital

The man convicted in the 1996 murder of a Central Coast college student is in a hospital after he was apparently attacked in prison.

An attorney for Paul Flores says he was taken from a prison in Coalinga to a hospital after being seriously injured Wednesday. State Department of Corrections officials wouldn’t confirm that he was attacked and say they are investigating the circumstances surrounding his injuries.

Flores was convicted last year of killing Kristin Smart. He and Smart were both students at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Prosecutors say he walked Smart back to campus after a party, but then killed her during an attempted rape in his dorm room.

He received a 25-years-to-life sentence for the killing.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.