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Thursday, April 30, 2009

SC- Inmate dead after fight

UPDATED: See below:

4-30-2009 South Carolina:

An Aiken County detention center inmate is dead and another has been charged with his murder on allegations the suspect, late Tuesday, punched the victim in the face causing him to fall backward and hit his head on a concrete floor.

Andrew Nathan York, 37, of the 300 block of Outing Club Road in Aiken, is charged with murder. He was jailed on March 10 for breach of trust on allegations he took a car and didn't return the vehicle. He has criminal history that involved a number of misdemeanors dating back to 1995.

The victim, 55-year-old Dale Sengelman, of Charlotte Circle in Orangeburg, was being held on two counts of lewd act on a child under 16.

The Orangeburg man, who children called Santa Claus, was arrested on July 27, 2008, on allegations he fondled two children while he was working in Salley. According to police documents, the suspect touched the juveniles in a sexual manner and talked about sex with the children.

Detention center Capt. Charles Barranco said he did not know what precipitated the Tuesday evening argument, but said that question, as well as many others, are being posed by state agents.

Both men were housed in a dormitory-style housing unit, in a medium security area with direct supervision, when the fight broke out.

Barranco said he was not aware of any ongoing problems between the two or if the men knew one another, aside from being detained together.

When asked whether Sengelman's status as an accuses sex offender had anything to do with the fight, Barranco said he did not know, adding that state agents were still conducting their investigation.

South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) agents were notified of the assault that Barranco said occurred just after the evening meal on Tuesday. SClBThe police captain said the supervisor responded to the assault within a matter of seconds.

York reportedly punched Sengelman in the face during the argument, causing the victim to fall backwards onto a concrete floor, officials have said. State agents said he had a severe fracture of his skull.

The Coroner's Office did not release the victim's name, pending notification of next of kin.

Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton did say the inmate was initially transported to Aiken Regional Medical Centers around 4:45 p.m. He was then transferred to Medical College of Georgia around 10 p.m., and later to the Neurology ICU where he was operated on for a subdural hematoma and skull fracture. Carlton said the man's condition continued to worsen, and he was pronounced dead at 3:53 p.m. Wednesday.

The inmate is scheduled for autopsy in Newberry today.

Sengelman's death is the first alleged homicide at the jail since Barranco said he took over as administrator two yeas ago. He said there has been one natural death reported. ..News Source.. by Karen Daily


Inmate Killed After Grabbing Another's Butt
There is no mention of this "butt grabbing" in the original article above.
7-16-2009 South Carolina:

AIKEN, S.C. (AP) -- A South Carolina inmate charged in the death of a fellow prisoner has been sentenced to 10 months in prison because investigators don't think he meant to kill the man.

The Aiken Standard reports that 37-year-old Andrew York pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter Wednesday. The more than four months he has spent in the Aiken County jail is included in his sentence.

Authorities say York punched 55-year-old Dale Sengelman in April after Sengelman grabbed his butt. Sengelman hit his head on the concrete floor and died a day later.

Sengelman had been charged with a lewd act on a child, while York was charged with breach of trust.

York told investigators Sengelman also watched him in the shower.

York apologized to Sengelman's family. ..Source.. by

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