Inmate stabbed to death in Lee Correctional Institution

Resulted from an inmate-on-inmate fight


An inmate has died after being stabbed in Lee Correctional Institution on Monday, officials confirmed.

What is being described as an inmate-on-inmate altercation resulted in the death of Larry Jerome Rainey, 51, according to Jeffrey Taillon, director of information services for the South Carolina Department of Corrections, and social media posts from the agency.


Rainey had been serving four years for pointing a firearm in Aiken County and 15 for common law robbery in Barnwell, according to online public records. He was projected to be released in 2020.

The South Carolina Department of Corrections is investigating a stabbing that happened today at Lee Correctional Institution which has resulted in the death of an inmate.

Update: Inmate killed, during inmate on inmate altercation, at Lee CI has been identified as Larry Rainey. Incident is under investigation.

Rainey has a long list of disciplinary actions against him for bad behavior, the most recent of which was for possessing a weapon in April.

The circumstances of Monday's incident were not immediately clear. Taillon said the DOC is investigating.

Lee Correctional Institution, which opened in 1993 and is located on Wisacky Highway in Bishopville, is a Level 3 maximum security facility for men often convicted of violent crimes.

This story will be updated.