Crime & Courts

Inmate killed at Lieber Correctional was strangled, coroner says

Ryan Mansfield, 24, was strangled in his cell on July 21.
Ryan Mansfield, 24, was strangled in his cell on July 21.

Officials say a 24-year-old man who was killed at Lieber Correctional Institution Thursday was strangled by his cellmate.

The Dorchester County Coroner’s Office said in a news release that Ryan Mansfield was “strangled by his cell mate.” His death, which happened around 1:20 a.m., July 21, was ruled a homicide.

The S.C. Department of Corrections identified Mansfield’s cell mate as Michael Jerome Brice, 34. Agency officials have yet to announced charges against Brice, 34. He was taken into the agency’s custody in January for several drug charges and possession of a firearm in York County.

Mansfield had been in custody since February 2015 on a grand larceny conviction and had a projected release date of March 2017.

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 July 17 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