The altercation that led a Rock Hill man to strangle a fellow inmate in a state prison last month had to do with the theft of food, corrections officials said Wednesday.
Inmate Ryan Mansfield, 24, died July 21 from asphyxiation at the Lieber Correctional Institution in Dorchester County. Officials have said he was strangled by his cellmate, 34-year-old Michael Jerome Brice of Rock Hill.
Brice has been charged with murder, according to an arrest warrant released Wednesday by the S.C. Department of Corrections. The warrant states Brice strangled Mansfield “while engaged in a physical altercation over the theft of food.”
Details about the altercation were not available Wednesday.
Brice has made statements implicating himself in Mansfield’s death, the warrant states.
Brice, serving a 13-year sentence for dealing crack cocaine, weapons charges and other crimes, has been in trouble with the law since he was 17 years old and in and out of prison ever since, court records show. In 1999, Brice was sentenced to five years in prison for dealing crack. He was arrested for marijuana possession while out on bond before going to prison, State Law Enforcement Division and York County Clerk of Court records show.
In prison in the past few months Brice was disciplined for fighting with another inmate before the death of his cellmate, according to prison records.