Crime & Courts

Inmate killed at Lieber Correctional Institution

Michael Jerome Brice was allegedly involved in an altercation with his cellmate.
Michael Jerome Brice was allegedly involved in an altercation with his cellmate.

A state inmate was killed at Lieber Correctional Institution during an overnight altercation Thursday, a corrections official said.

Ryan Mansfield, 24, died around 1:50 a.m. He was serving time for grand larceny and burglary charges in Richland County, according to records of the S.C. Department of Corrections.

He had been in custody since February 2015 and had a projected release date of March 2017. His death was the result of an alleged incident with his cellmate, Michael Jerome Brice, said Stephanie Givens, agency spokeswoman.

Brice, 34, was taken into the agency’s custody in January for several drug charges and possession of a firearm in York County. His projected release date was January 2027.

In February, Brice was placed in disciplinary detention for 15 days and lost several privileges for striking an inmate, according to his inmate report.

Mansfield’s killing is still under investigation by the corrections department, and his cause of death has not been released. Charges have not been filed. The dorm where the incident took place remains on lockdown, Givens said.

Lieber is a maximum security facility in Ridgeville in Dorchester County that houses more than 1,200 inmates. It’s also where the agency holds its death row inmates, though executions are carried out at the Broad River Capital Punishment Facility in Columbia.

The death comes after three inmates were stabbed Sunday at Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville, and one was killed and one injured June 22 in the same dorm at Lee.

Cynthia Roldán: 803-295-0435, @CynthiaRoldan