Crime & Courts

Coroner: Rock Hill inmate strangled cellmate at SC prison

The coroner in Dorchester County has ruled the death of an inmate who was an altercation with his cellmate from Rock Hill a homicide, saying that the dead inmate was strangled.

Inmate Ryan Mansfield, 24, died last week from asphyxiation after he was “strangled by his cellmate,” said Alice Durr, coroner for Dorchester County, in a written release to The Herald.

The cellmate, Michael Jerome Brice, 34, a convicted felon and drug dealer from Rock Hill serving 13 years, was in the altercation with Mansfield but prison officials have not yet said if charges will be filed in Mansfield’s death. The investigation into the death continues, prison officials said Friday.

Brice is the second Rock Hill felon in the past month to be linked to a prison death, after Michael Wylie Jr. was charged last week with murder in a prison stabbing in Lee County.

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