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SC prisons officials investigating inmate's death

Sep 28, 2010 6:13:00 PM - thestate.com
South Carolina prison officials are investigating the death of a 72-year-old inmate at a maximum security facility in Dorchester County as a homicide.

Corrections Department spokesman Josh Gelinas says Saverio Piazzola (sah-VEHR'-ee-oh pee-ah-ZOH'-lah) was found dead Sunday evening in his cell at Lieber Correctional Institution in Ridgeville.

The Dorchester County coroner's office said Piazzola died from strangulation.

Gelinas said Piazzola had a cellmate and that the department and the State Law Enforcement Division are conducting independent investigations.

Gelinas said it was the second inmate homicide this year. In January, 26-year-old Lamont Perry was stabbed to death at McCormick Correctional Institution. Investigators charged 21-year-old Jack Cooper with murder in that case.

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