Convicted murdererwas hospitalized after being attacked in prison, Harold Mesick, an attorney representing Flores, told CBS News. He was taken from Pleasant Valley State Prison to an outside hospital where he was in serious condition, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said in a statement.
The department said Flores' condition was upgraded to "fair" on Thursday.
Neither Mesick, the corrections department, nor the local sheriff's office elaborated on the type of injury Flores sustained.
Flores isin a California prison for the murder of , a college freshman who vanished from the California Polytechnic State University campus in 1996.
Jurors unanimously found Paul Flores guilty of first-degree murder in October 2022. His sentencing in March marked the culmination of a case that had drawn worldwide attention for over a quarter century. Flores had long been considered a prime suspect in Smart's death before he was arrested in 2021.
Smart was 19 years old when she vanished while returning to a dorm at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Flores was also a student at the school.
Smart's remains have never been found, but she was declared legally dead in 2002.
Prosecutors maintained that Flores killed the 19-year-old during an attempted rape on May 25, 1996, in his dorm room at Cal Poly, where both were first-year students. He was the last person seen with Smart as he walked her home from an off-campus party where she became intoxicated.