A state prison inmate was found dead in his cell Sunday night, and officials are investigating his death as a homicide.
Saverio Piazzola was found dead about 6 p.m. Sunday at Lieber Correctional Institution in Ridgeville. An autopsy is being conducted to determine the cause of death, said Josh Gelinas, a spokesman for the S.C. Department of Corrections.
The S.C. State Law Enforcement Division is investigating.
Piazzola was sentenced to prison in 2005 after he was convicted for criminal sexual conduct with a minor in Richland County. He was serving a 10-year sentence, according to the corrections department.