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Facebook postings land ringleader in 2011 Five Points beating in solitary

cwinston@thestate.comSeptember 12, 2013 

Tyheem Henrey

KIMKIM FOSTER

— The ringleader in the brutal 2011 Five Points beating of teenager Carter Strange is in trouble once again.

Tyheem Henrey, who is serving 15 years for assault and battery in Bishopville’s Lee Correctional Institution, has been updating his Facebook page over the past year.

A Lowcountry blogger, Charleston Thug Life, documents prisoners active in social media life. In a Sunday post, the blog included dozens of Henrey’s Facebook updates, which included references to drug use, boasts about his criminal life and veiled threats.

The S.C. Department of Corrections took notice.

Corrections officials, including incoming Chief Bryan Stirling, took part Thursday in a “shakedown” in two of the dorms at the facility housing 1,000 inmates, spokesman Clark Newsom said.

Newsom said a number of contraband items – mostly cellphones, chargers, weapons and tobacco – were discovered in the search, which included cells, mattresses and commons areas.

It appears Henrey’s Facebook status updates have been silenced for now. Two of the items found were his cellphone in the next cell and its charger in his shoe, Newsom said.

Henrey’s attack left Strange with physical and psychological trauma and his family with more than $100,000 in medical bills.

Henrey, 21, will now go through the disciplinary process in lockdown, where he is alone in a cell for 23 hours a day – leaving only once a day to exercise. His food is served in his cell and his showers are limited. It was unclear how long he would be in lockdown.

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