Five things to know about Lee Correctional Institution
The seven inmates killed in the fighting Sunday night and Monday morning at Lee Correctional Institution have been identified as:
▪ Eddie Casey Jay Gaskins
▪ Joshua Svwin Jenkins
▪ Michael Milledge
▪ Cornelius Quantral McClary
▪ Damonte Marquez Rivera
▪ Raymond Angelo Scott
▪ Corey Scott
They were killed — and 17 others were injured — during fights that lasted more than seven hours at the Lee County prison near Bishopville, the S.C. Department of Corrections said.
Many of the prisoners apparently died from stabbing or slashing wounds from "shanks," although autopsies had not been completed Monday, Lee County Coroner Larry Logan said. The official cause of death will not be determined until after the autopsies.
Gaskins, 32, was incarcerated on domestic violence charges filed in Berkeley County. He began serving his 10-year sentence in December 2017 and was transferred to the Lee prison on March 29.
His conviction stemmed from an incident in September 2016, when Gaskins was arrested for domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature as well as first degree burglary, according to a Facebook post from the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office at the time.
Deputies responded to a home near Moncks Corner after the mother of Gaskins' two children called 911, according to the Berkeley Observer.
Gaskins, who showed up uninvited at the woman's home, threatened her with a shotgun. After the woman fled, Gaskins attempted to flood her home by clogging the drain and leaving the water running on full blast, according to the newspaper.
He had a long criminal history dating back to 2004 in Berkeley County, including more than two dozen arrests on charges such as domestic violence, burglary and possession of cocaine.
Gaskins lived in Bethera, an unincorporated community in Berkeley County. He had two sisters and four children, according to his cousin Cassandra Gaskins.
"Eddie was an outgoing person who enjoyed country life. He loved hunting, fishing and his family ... He will definitely be missed by many," Cassandra said in a message to The State.
Jenkins, 33, was serving a 32-year sentence for burglary, voluntary manslaughter and attempted murder. He was charged in Orangeburg and Berkeley counties and began serving his sentence in December 2015.
He was among four men charged with murder in the September 2011 death of Brittany Aigoro of St. Stephen. The other men charged included Jenkin's cousin and Aigoro's fiance, according to the Post and Courier.
Jenkins has a criminal history dating back to 2006 in Berkeley and Orangeburg counties, including a handful of arrests on charges such as larceny and possession with the intent to distribute schedule IV drugs such as Xanax.
Aigoro, 21, was shot to death when bullets were fired into a home that she was visiting near St. Stephen. Another person lived in the house and also was shot but survived, according to the newspaper.
Investigators later determined the gunmen were trying to stage an armed robbery, Dan Moon, a spokesman for the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office, told the Post and Courier.
While in prison, Jenkins faced multiple disciplinary actions for possessing and using unauthorized drugs and for possessing a cellphone.
Tarmisha Jenkins, a childhood friend who considered Jenkins family, told The State in a Facebook message that he was the third of four children.
"He was serving time due to a robbery going wrong," she wrote to The State. "He was a friend to everyone and loved his family."
Milledge, 44, was moved to the Lee prison on Nov. 13, 2017. He was initial jailed in April 2010 and sentenced for assault and battery, illegal drug possession, possession of narcotics, trafficking in crack cocaine and an additional firearms charges. The charges were filed in Marlboro and Greenville counties.
McClary, 33, was serving a 25-year sentence for assault and battery, burglary, criminal conspiracy and firearms charges when he arrived at Lee on Oct. 2, 2017.
He was arrested in Williamsburg County in November 2009 in connection with the shooting death of 54-year-old Ernest Prosser. The Williamsburg County Sheriff’s Department said the motive behind the murder was robbery, SCNow reported.
Prosecutors dropped the murder charge against McClary, who later pleaded guilty to criminal conspiracy, first degree burglary and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.
Rivera, 24, was serving a life sentence for murder, armed robbery, burglary and kidnapping. He was charged in Georgetown County and jailed in November 2015. He was transferred to Lee on Nov. 2, 2017.
In 2012, Rivera and another man broke into a Georgetown home and murdered a man after demanding money and drugs, according to the Myrtle Beach Sun News.
Corey Scott, 38, was charged with assault and battery, criminal conspiracy, carjacking, aggravated assault and battery, kidnapping and armed robbery in McCormick and Florence counties. He began serving a 22-year sentence in October 2002. While in prison, he received an additional assault and battery charge and an eight-year sentence to run concurrent with his 22-year sentence.
Raymond Angelo Scott, 28, was incarcerated in July 2016 for charges of assault and battery, carrying a prohibited weapon and an additional weapons charge, according to Department of Corrections records. He was sentenced to 25 years for the charges, which came from Sumter County. He was placed in Lee Correctional Institution on Oct. 18, 2017.
Scott was accused of robbing a Sumter County business with a handgun, according to the Sumter Item. He allegedly shot the 37-year-old male clerk several times during the robbery. The clerk’s 5-year-old son was also in the business at the time of the incident, but the sheriff's department didn't say whether the child was harmed.