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7 inmates killed, 17 hospitalized after overnight incident at Lee Correctional Institution

(Photos from SCDC. WPDE background)

The South Carolina Department of Corrections (SCDC) says seven inmates died in an overnight incident at Lee County Correctional Institution in Bishopville.

Seventeen other inmates were hospitalized, according to the department's Twitter page Monday morning.

SCDC identified the inmates killed as Raymond Angelo Scott, 28, Michael Milledge, 44, Damonte Marquez Rivera, 24, Eddie Casey Jay Gaskins, 32, Joshua Svwin Jenkins, 33, Corey Scott, 38, and Cornelius Quantral McClary, 33.

  • Raymond Angelo Scott, 28, was sentenced in Dec. 2015 to 20 years in prison for ABHAN in Sumter County, according to SCDC's website. Scott was also charged with firearms provision and carrying a prohibited weapon, with each charge of a five year sentence. His projected release date was Aug. 2035.
  • Michael Milledge, 44, was serving a 25 year sentence for trafficking crack cocaine out of Greenville County, 25 years for a 3rd drug-related charge (Listed on the site as MDP NARC SCHED-3RD), five years for a firearms provision, and a year for illegal drug possession, according to SCDC website. The start date for those charges was June 2007. Milledge was also serving a ten year sentence for 1st degree assault and battery out of Marlboro County, which started Nov. 2012, according to the department's website. His projected release date was June 2032.
  • Damonte Marquez Rivera, 24, was serving a life sentence for murder out of Georgetown County, according to SCDC website. He also was sentenced to 30 years for armed robbery, 1st degree burglary, and kidnapping out of Georgetown County. The start date for those charges was Sept. 2012.
  • Eddie Casey Jay Gaskins, 32, was sentenced in Feb. 2017 to 10 years in prison for 1st degree domestic violence out of Berkeley County. His projected release date was April 2022, according to SCDC's website.
  • Joshua Svwin Jenkins, 33, was serving a 15 year sentence for voluntary manslaughter and attempted murder out of Berkeley County, according to SCDC's website. His start date on those charges was Sept. 2011. Jenkins was also charged with 2nd degree nonviolent burglary out of Orangeburg County and serving a two year sentence, according to the department's website. That start date was Oct. 2011. His projected release date was June 2024.
  • Corey Scott, 38, was serving a 22 year sentence for armed robbery and kidnapping out of Florence County, according to SCDC's website. He also was sentenced to 20 years for carjacking with bodily injury, ten years for assault and battery in a high and aggravated nature, and five years for criminal conspiracy, all also out of Florence County with a start date of July 2002. Scott was also sentenced to eight years in prison for 1st degree assault and battery our of McCormick County in Sept. 2013. His projected release date was Jan. 2022, according to the department's website.
  • Cornelius Quantral McClary, 33, was serving a 25 year sentence for 1st degree burglary out of Williamsburg County. He also was sentenced to five years for criminal conspiracy and five years for a firearms provision out of Williamsburg County with a start date of May 2011. McClary was also sentenced Oct. 2011 to seven years in prison for 1st degree assault and battery out of Williamsburg County, according to SCDC's website. His projected released date was Aug. 2032.

SCDC Director Bryan Stirling, Governor Henry McMaster and South Carolina Law Enforcement Division Chief Mark Keel held a news conference on Monday afternoon at the department of corrections headquarters in Columbia about the deadly incident.


According to a tweet Monday morning from Lee County Fire Rescue, the department "assisted with a Mass Causality Incident at Lee Correctional."

Lee County Fire Rescue also said mutual aid was received from Florence County EMS, Kershaw County EMS, Darlington County EMS, Lexington County EMS and Hartsville Rescue.

According to tweets from South Carolina Department of Corrections, the institution was secured Monday at 2:55 a.m. following an incident that started at 7:15 p.m. Sunday.

The tweet said, "the incident involved multiple inmate on inmate altercations in three housing units."

SCDC says all staff and responding law enforcement officers are safe and accounted for.

SCDC Police Services and SLED are investigating.

Additional information will be released, according to the tweet.

A viewer tell us she has a loved one who works at the prison as a correctional officer. She said her relative told her six inmates were stabbed.

Lee Correctional Institution is a Level 3 facility, according to the South Carolina Department of Corrections' website.

It says, "Level 3 facilities are high-security institutions designed primarily to house violent offenders with longer sentences, and inmates who exhibit behavioral problems. Housing consists of single and double cells, and all perimeters are double-fenced with extensive electronic surveillance. Inmates at level 3 facilities are closely supervised and their activities and movement within the institution are highly restricted. "

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