The Dorchester County Coroner’s Office has released new details in the death of Lieber Correctional Institution inmate Ryan Mansfield.
Mansfield, 24, was strangled at 1:20 a.m. Thursday by his cellmate, 34-year-old Michael Jerome Brice, and pronounced dead at the scene, said Coroner Alice Durr, in a news release late Saturday.
The death has been ruled a homicide but no information on whether any charges have been filed was available.
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.
Lieber, a maximum-security facility, currently houses more than 1,200 inmates.
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