Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
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Several inmates killed at SC prison after hours of fighting

Several inmates killed at SC prison after hours of fighting

The inmate told AP that he knew at least two of the slain men well.

In February, one inmate killed another at the prison.

It said 12 inmates were killed by other prisoners a year ago, up from five in 2016.

A massive overnight riot at a maximum-security prison in SC left at least seven inmates dead as guards scrambled for hours to restore order, authorities said Monday.

Logan said it appears most of the seven were killed by stabbing or slashing.

Taillon said no officers were wounded after multiple inmate fights broke out at 7:15 PM Sunday.

A reason for that, in turn, is low pay, with the Post and Courier pointing out that a prison guard has an annual starter salary of about $27,000 - about $4,000 less than a garbage truck driver would bring home. It took until about 3 a.m. Monday until the violence ended.

Lee County Coroner Larry Logan told the Associated Press he arrived at the scene to find melees throughout much of the prison.

No officers or staff members were harmed, the corrections department added.

What started as a chaotic brawl led to a full-fledged riot spreading to three housing units, USA Today reported. Officials say majority were stabbed or slashed; No officers were wounded, and the names of the dead haven't been released.

"That prison has always seemed to be a problem".

Michael Milledge, 44, serving 25 years for drug trafficking.

A two-day riot and hostage-taking at the New Mexico State Prison in 1980 left 33 inmates dead and 200 injured, one of the worst in modern USA history. Of late, inmates at this facility resorted to violence multiple times.

Of South Carolina's nine all-male, maximum-security prisons, Lee - in Bishopville, S.C., about 60 miles northeast of Columbia - is the largest. It was the most inmates slain in a single riot in the USA since nine prisoners and a guard died in 1993 at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility, said Steve Martin, a consultant who helps the federal government monitor prison systems.

"Through these contraband cellphones that the FCC will not allow us to block, they're able to conduct their criminal enterprises", Gov. Henry McMaster said. "And people were leaving and they're going to medical so it was not a normal situation where we were just going in and putting people back into their dorms", Stirling said.

"Jamming those cellphone signals will do a lot", McMaster said.

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