7 in­mates killed as pris­on­ers fight over money, ter­ri­tory

The Oneida Daily Dispatch (Oneida, NY) - - Weather -

COLUMBIA, S.C. » In­mates armed with home­made knives fought one an­other for about seven hours over ter­ri­tory and money, leav­ing seven of them dead in the worst U.S. prison riot in a quar­ter-cen­tury, of­fi­cials said Mon­day. An in­mate who wit­nessed the vi­o­lence said bodies were “lit­er­ally stacked on top of each other.”

At least 17 pris­on­ers were se­ri­ously in­jured at Lee Cor­rec­tional In­sti­tu­tion, South Carolina pris­ons chief Bryan Stir­ling said. The first fight started in a dorm about 7:15 p.m. Sun­day and ap­peared to be con­tained be­fore sud­denly start­ing in two other dorms. Cell­phones helped stir up the trouble, and state of­fi­cials urged the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to change a law and al­low them to block the sig­nals from pris­on­ers’ phones.

“These folks are fight­ing over real money and real ter­ri­tory while they’re in­car­cer­ated,” Stir­ling said at a news con­fer­ence.

No prison guards were hurt.

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