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An inmate serving a 30-year sentence for voluntary manslaughter and assault was found hanging in his cell at Lieber Correctional Institute in Ridgeville.

Dorchester County Coroner Paul Brouthers said that Alan Fields, 29, was “found hanging from a bedsheet in his cell” on Wednesday.

Officials have taken his body to Newberry Pathology, where it will undergo an autopsy.

The S.C. Law Enforcement Division, S.C. Department of Corrections and Dorchester County Coroner’s Office are investigating Fields’ death.

On Oct. 1, 2013, Circuit Judge Ed Dickson sentenced the Orangeburg man to a negotiated 30-year prison term.

Orangeburg prosecutors said Fields was responsible for 84 text messages outlining plans in the shooting death of Taneris Hamilton.

Hamilton was shot at least 11 times by three different weapons, authorities said.

Prosecutors said Fields and his co-defendant texted each other while the co-defendant was inside Hamilton’s residence.

Fields was at another location waiting on the text signal to rush into the residence and rob Hamilton of drugs and money.

Fields’ charge of assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature stemmed from a March 11, 2012 interstate shooting.

He and two others were at a St. Matthews Road restaurant when they followed a man out of the business and pursued him onto Interstate 26, where they fired shots into the man’s car.

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Martha Rose Brown covers crime and other topics. The South Carolina native has been a journalist for the past 16 years.

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