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Lowcountry's connection to 4 inmates killed in deadly prison riot

BERKELEY COUNTY, SC )WCBD) - Four victims in the Lee Correctional Institution prison riot have ties to the Lowcountry. 

Sunday night, seven hours of fighting broke out at the maximum -security prison: Lee Correctional Institution. Seven people were killed and seventeen were injured. 

Four of those seven were arrested in the Lowcountry: Eddie Gaskins, Joshua Jenkins, Damonte Rivera and Cornelius McClary. 

Gaskins,32, was serving a sentence for first-degree domestic violence, according to the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office. The charges stemmed from an incident on Jan. 25, 2016. The police report says deputies responded to a home on Hootie Court in Moncks Corner where they met with the victim who was bleeding from a cut on her cheek. The woman said Gaskins had assaulted her when she visited his home, according to an incident report. The woman told deputies he began threatening her, threw her on a vehicle, scratched, bit and head-butted her. Gaskins also threatened her life during the incident, the report states.

Jenkins, 33, was serving time for a 2011 incident in Berkeley County where a woman was shot to death in a home during a robbery attempt. Jenkins was charged with second degree burglary, attempted murder, and voluntary manslaughter.

Rivera, 24, was serving a life sentence for murder out of Georgetown County. He was also charged with armed robbery, first-degree burglary and kidnapping for his role in a home invasion and murder in Georgetown in 2012. 

McClary, 33, was charged with first-degree assault and battery, first-degree burglary, firearms provision and criminal conspiracy in Williamsburg County in 2011.


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