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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Coroner: Lieber inmate strangled to death

9-29-2010 South Carolina:

RIDGEVILLE, SC (WCSC) - An inmate found dead Saturday at Lieber Correctional Institution was strangled, according to the Dorchester County coroner.

The inmate, 72-year-old Saverio Piazzola, a male inmate, was found dead in his cell around 6 p.m. Saturday. Piazzola was serving 10 years in prison for criminal sexual conduct with a minor and began serving his sentence in August 2005. He was from Richland County.

The State Law Enforcement Division and the South Carolina Department of Corrections are investigating.

A corrections department spokesman said that there are suspects in mind, but no arrests have been made. ..Source.. by Live5News


SC prisons officials investigating inmate's death

RIDGEVILLE, S.C. — 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.

Piazzola was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2005 after he was convicted of criminal sexual conduct with a minor in Richland County. ..Source.. by The State

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