A Eutawville man is one of the seven prisoners killed in a riot inside Lee Correctional Institute in Bishopville.
Joshua Svwin Jenkins, 33, of 166 Torch Road, was serving two concurrent sentences of 15 years for attempted murder and voluntary manslaughter stemming from a 2011 incident in Berkeley County.
At least 17 prisoners were seriously injured during the seven-hour riot. Authorities regained control of the prison about 3 a.m. Monday, spokesman Jeff Taillon said.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Twenty South Carolina prisoners have been killed at the hands of fellow inmates in the past 16 months. The staggering amount of violence, which includes the gang-fueled bloodshed that left seven prisoners dead and 22 injured this week at Lee Correctional Institution, has some legislators calling for more oversight and transparency at the state Department of Corrections.
Jenkins and three other Eutawville men were arrested on Sept. 29, 2011 following the death of 21-year-old Brittany Aigoro of Pineville.
She was shot and killed at a house in Russellville where she was visiting. A 25-year-old was injured in the incident.
People in the house told Berkeley County deputies that someone knocked on the front door and then opened fire.
In addition to his guilty pleas for attempted murder and voluntary manslaughter, Jenkins was also serving time for a second-degree burglary out of Orangeburg County.
He was sentenced to two years and 275 days for that conviction.
Online prison records show that Jenkins was admitted to Lee Correctional Institute on Jan. 19, 2016.
Jenkins has faced four disciplinary actions since he arrived at Lee.
On Aug. 26, 2016, Jenkins possessed or attempted to possess a cellphone. As a result, he lost canteen, telephone and visitation privileges for 90 days. He was also placed in disciplinary detention for 30 days.
COLUMBIA (AP) — As the hours dragged on during a riot at a South Carolina prison, bodies piled up on the sidewalk. An inmate inside watched in…
On March 3, 2017, Jenkins used or possessed narcotics, marijuana, unauthorized drugs or an inhalant. As a result, he lost canteen, telephone and visitation privileges for 150 days. He lost television privileges for 360 days and was placed in disciplinary detention for 60 days.
Jenkins faced additional disciplinary action on Aug. 15, 2017 due to use or possession of narcotics, marijuana, unauthorized drugs or inhalants. As a result, he lost canteen, telephone and visitation privileges for 180 days, television privileges for 360 days and was placed in disciplinary detention for 60 days.
Most recently, on Jan. 16 Jenkins lost canteen, telephone and visitation privileges for 210 days, television privileges for 360 days and was placed in disciplinary detention for 60 days for use or possession of marijuana, unauthorized drugs or inhalants.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.