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4 inmates found dead at South Carolina prison

4 inmates found dead at South Carolina prison

Two South Carolina prisoners admitted to killing four fellow inmates at the state prison where they were both serving life sentences for murder, local media reported on Saturday.

The four men were found dead at Kirkland Correctional Institution in Richland County at 10:35 a.m., said Sommer Sharpe, spokeswoman for the S.C. Department of Corrections. The cause of death for the other two inmates was also strangulation, Watts said.

The South Carolina Department of Corrections says the four are 52-year-old John King, 35-year-old Jason Kelley, 56-year-old Jimmy Ham, and 44-year-old William Scruggs. Authorities said the officers, who were charged with attempted murder and misconduct in office, stabbed an inmate while he was handcuffed.

Kirkland has a specialized housing unit where the most unsafe and violent offenders within the state Department of Corrections are housed.

Department of Corrections Director Bryan Stirling said he called in the State Law Enforcement Division to assist with their investigation.

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Of the four inmates, Ham was scheduled to be released the earliest from prison, next November.

Prison records show the four inmates killed were considered minimum security risks.

Scruggs had ties to Anderson County and the inmate report says he was serving a life sentence for murder and a life sentence for first degree burglary along with time for kidnapping and a weapons violation. Scheduled release date: October 6, 2020. Kelley was serving 15 years for assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature. In 2016, three correctional officers were fired for stabbing an inmate in the chest.

Because of the ongoing investigation, Stirling would not talk about whether prison policies were broken or how the inmates came to be together.

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