RIDGEVILLE - A 72-year-old inmate found dead in his cell at a maximum security facility died from strangulation, the Dorchester County coroner’s office announced Tuesday.
S.C. prison officials are investigating the death of Saverio Piazzola at Lieber Correctional Institution as a homicide, said Corrections Department spokesman Josh Gelinas. He was found dead Sunday night.
Gelinas said Piazzola had a cellmate and that the department and the State Law Enforcement Division are conducting independent investigations.
Gelinas said it was the second inmate homicide this year. In January, 26-year-old Lamont Perry was stabbed to death at McCormick Correctional Institution. Investigators charged 21-year-old Jack Cooper with murder in that case.
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Piazzola was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2005 after he was convicted of criminal sexual conduct with a minor in Richland County.
The Associated Press