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SC inmate charged with murder in 2015 stabbing at Lowcountry prison

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Underfunded and understaffed, South Carolina's prisons have a lot of problems. Here are the five main issues facing the South Carolina Department of Corrections.
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Underfunded and understaffed, South Carolina's prisons have a lot of problems. Here are the five main issues facing the South Carolina Department of Corrections.

Four years after an inmate was stabbed to death in a South Carolina prison, his alleged attacker has been charged, according to a statement from the S.C. State Law Enforcement Division.

Donnance M. Mayes, 30, was charged with murder Tuesday.

Mayes, who is still housed in a state-run prison, is accused of stabbing inmate Dusaun S. Brown on July 16, 2015, at Lieber Correctional Institution according to his arrest warrant. Lieber CI is a maximum security prison located in Ridgeville.

Brown, 33 at the time of his death, was serving time for carjacking when he was stabbed in the chest.

The case was taken up by the State Law Enforcement Division shortly after the fatal stabbing.

Mayes is already serving time for assault and battery with the intent to kill, armed robbery and burglary, according to S.C. Department of Corrections records. He was first incarcerated in 2009, and is currently located at medium-security Ridgeland Correctional Institution.

Emily Bohatch helps cover South Carolina’s government for The State. She also updates The State’s databases. Her accomplishments include winning a Green Eyeshade award in Disaster Reporting in 2018 for her teamwork reporting on Hurricane Irma. She has a degree in Journalism with a minor in Spanish from Ohio University’s E. W. Scripps School of Journalism.
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