Filed: 12/15/2000 The Bakersfield Californian The Bakersfield Californian A 29-year-old inmate in the reception center at Wasco State Prison was beaten to death Wednesday night, and his cellmate is in protective custody as the only suspect in the killing, officials reported Thursday. The victim, Tomas Tanishita, who was in custody for a parole violation in San Bernardino County, was found at 7:55 p.m. as inmates were being let out of their cells for a meal, prison spokesman Lt. John Katavich said. Correctional officers saw James Oh, 31, leave the cell, but they didn't see the victim leave, Katavich said. They found Tanishita on the floor bleeding and unresponsive, Katavich said. Attempts were made to revive him, but he was pronounced dead on arrival at San Joaquin Hospital, the lieutenant said. Tanishita arrived at Wasco on Monday, he said. Oh had blood on his clothes but he declined to give a statement to investigators, Katavich said. Oh, who came to Wasco about two weeks ago to serve a 16-month term for vehicle theft, was placed in a secured housing cell pending further investigation, Katavich said. The cell Oh shared with the victim has solid walls and a solid door with a small feeding slot. The motive for the killing is unknown, Katavich said.