South Carolina prisons officials have now identified an inmate fatally stabbed at a maximum-security facility in McCormick County over the weekend.
State Department of Corrections (SCDC) officials told the Greenwood Index-Journal that 43-year-0ld Michael Jones was stabbed multiple times Sunday afternoon in a housing unit at McCormick Correctional Institution. An SCDC spokesman said there is a suspect in the killing, but the agency has not yet released his name.
Jones was in his fourth year of an eight-year sentence for several forgery counts, shoplifting, and carrying a prohibited weapon, according to prison records. He also had a lengthy disciplinary record over the pats year, including two cases of exhibitionism and one use of possible narcotics.
The State newspaper first reported the death on Monday, although SCDC did not release the inmate’s name until later in the day.
It was at least the fourth case of an inmate dying violently in a state facility within 12 months. In December, 21-year-old Donnell Candya, in prison for weapons charges, died from head injuries caused by “blunt force trauma,” at the Kirkland Correctional Institution outside Columbia. Then 35-year-old murder convict Ae Kingratsaiphon was stabbed to death at the Lee Correctional Institution outside Bishopville in July. Corrections officials have since charged three other inmates in what they called an attack “without provocation.” Also last month, 34-year-old Ryan Mansfield was strangled to death by his cellmate in what prison officials said was a fight over food.