The mother of a murdered prison inmate has settled a lawsuit after her son was stabbed to death in a South Carolina prison. Sandra Carter reached an out of court settlement in the amount of $47,500 with the State Corrections Department, although the department did not admit any wrongdoing in the 2005 death of Carter’s son 22 year old Justin Bregenzer. Carter was dismayed that her son was housed near an inmate already convicted of killing two people.
Bregenzer was stabbed to death at the Lieber Correctional Institution near Ridgeville in 2005. 42 year old Kenneth Justis has been sentenced to death. He was already serving two life sentences. A Corrections Department attorney said the men had been friendly and there was no way to have predicted Justus’ attack on Bregenzer, in which the 22 year old was stabbed numerous times with a shank.
Bregenzer was categorized as a petty thief who broke into cars. He was ordered to fill out his sentence as a youthful offender in the Corrections Department after he failed a shock incarceration program. Bregenzer had time added to his sentence after a failed attempt to escape.