Coroner: Lieber inmate strangled to death

RIDGEVILLE, SC (WCSC) - An inmate found dead Saturday at Lieber Correctional Institution was strangled, according to the Dorchester County coroner.

The inmate, 72-year-old Saverio Piazzola, a male inmate, was found dead in his cell around 6 p.m. Saturday. Piazzola was serving 10 years in prison for criminal sexual conduct with a minor and began serving his sentence in August 2005. He was from Richland County.

The State Law Enforcement Division and the South Carolina Department of Corrections are investigating.

A corrections department spokesman said that there are suspects in mind, but no arrests have been made.

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