Three South Carolina prison inmates are now facing murder charges after investigators linked them to the stabbing death of a man serving a life sentence.
State Department of Corrections (SCDC) investigators announced the charges Tuesday for last month’s stabbing of Ae Kingratsaiphon at the Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville. Kingratsaiphon had been serving a life sentence after his 1999 arrest on a murder charge in Aiken.
29-year-old Terrance Griffin, 20-year-old Quintin Lumpkins and 27-year-old Michael Wylie Jr., were all charged in his death. SCDC warrants accused the men of entering Kingratsaiphon’s cell “without provocation” and killing the Aiken native with “homemade edged weapons.” The three were transferred to a Columbia facility two weeks ago, according to SCDC records.
The three men are also facing attempted murder charges for stabbing Kingratsaiphon’s cellmate. Prison officials said that individual needed “emergency life saving care.” His current condition is not listed, however.
Prison records also show Griffin had more than two dozen disciplinary violations, including seven weapons violations, over the pat decade. He is about 10 years into a 30-year voluntary manslaughter sentence. Lumpkin is serving a 15-year sentence for aggravated assault and armed robbery-related charges, while Wylie is serving 16 years for attempted murder and attempted armed robbery. Lumpkin’s records show an escape attempt in July 2014.