Lieber Correctional inmate was strangled by cellmate, says Dorchester County Coroner

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, (Grace Beahm/

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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