Authorities: 4 inmates found dead at a South Carolina prison

Corrections officials say the four men were found dead in a down at Kirkland Correctional Institution, a maximum security federal prison in Columbia. The Richland County Coroner's Office and S.C. Department of Corrections Police Services Division are assisting with the investigation.

The bodies of the four dead men were found at 10:35 a.m. Friday.

The warrant states that Simmons and Philip lured the four inmates into a cell where all four were strangled.to death In addition to being strangled, authorities said Ham and Kelley were also beaten with a broomstick.

Authorities charged Denver Simmons, 35, and Jacob Philip, 25, with 4 counts of murder each, according to a report.




Four inmates were found dead at a SC prison on Friday (April 7), a spokesperson for the Department of Corrections said.

Kirkland Correctional Institution is a level 3 prison that houses inmates considered to be the most risky and violent offenders sentenced in the state.

The warrants gave no reason for the attack or how long the killings took. Scheduled release date: October 6, 2020. Stirling did not say how they died or release any further information. An investigation by the paper found that under-staffing at the state's prisons has led to risky conditions that affects not only the inmates and guards but also the public. He was serving a 36-year prison sentence for a variety of offenses, including charges of assault and battery, grand larceny, and two burglary in the second-degree charges. Kelley was serving 15 years for assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature.

Kirkland has a specialized housing unit where the most risky and violent offenders within the state Department of Corrections are housed. Philip was also previously convicted of murder in 2013 and serving two life sentences.

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