Lieber Correctional inmate killed after altercation with cellmate

Inmates housed a special unit designed to reward good character and behavior the at Lieber Correctional Institute are expected to be on their best behavior and keep the unit clean and orderly.

COLUMBIA — An inmate at Lieber Correctional Institution in Ridgeville was killed during a late-night incident with his cellmate, prison officials said.

Ryan Mansfield, 24, was killed around 1:50 a.m., Thursday after an altercation with his cellmate, 34-year-old Michael Jerome Brice. No charges were immediately filed.

Mansfield was serving a five-year sentence for grand larceny and second-degree burglary, non-violent, from a conviction in Richland County. He began serving his sentence in February 2015. He recently was transferred to Lieber in May from the medium-security Ridgeland Correctional Facility.

Brice was incarcerated in January and is serving a sentence of up to 13 years for trafficking methamphetamine, distribution of crack cocaine and possession of a firearm by a felon out of York County.

Both inmates have a history of disciplinary action. Brice was disciplined for hitting an inmate in February. Mansfield had several disciplinary incidents on his record, including possession of a weapon, possession or an attempt to possess a cellphone and exhibitionism, which includes publicly doing overt sexual acts while exposing himself.

The S.C. Department of Corrections Office of the Inspector General is investigating.

The wing of the dorm where the death occurred, Cooper Unit, has been locked down while the investigation continues.

Lieber, a maximum-security facility, currently houses more than 1,200 inmates in the Ridgeville part of Dorchester County.

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