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Graniteville sex offender found dead in prison

Monday, Nov. 28, 2011 8:46 PM
Last updated 8:52 PM
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A convicted sex offender from Graniteville was found dead outside his cell in McCormick Correctional Institution on Saturday.



South Carolina Department of Corrections spokesman Clark Newsom said Monday evening that Ricky Cooper, 49, who was serving a 20-year sentence for criminal sexual conduct with a minor, was found dead by corrections officers at 11:35 a.m.

His body was in a common area outside his cell by the showers.

Newsom said the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division has taken over the case, and details are limited.

Cooper was charged in June 2007 with eight counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor, two counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor and 10 counts of committing lewd acts on a minor. He pleaded guilty in March 2009 to two counts of criminal sexual conduct with a minor and was sentenced to 20 years in prison, according to court records.

The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office said when it filed the charges that a boy and a girl were assaulted at an Aiken home between February 1996 and February 2004.

McCormick Correctional Institution is a level 3 all-male prison.

Level 3 prisons are high-security institutions designed primarily to house violent offenders with longer sentences and inmates who exhibit behavioral problems, according to the Department of Corrections Web site. Housing consists of single and double cells, and all perimeters are double-fenced with extensive electronic surveillance. Inmates at level 3 facilities are closely supervised, and their activities and movement within the institution are highly restricted, the Web site says.

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sugarbutton
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sugarbutton 11/28/11 - 10:50 pm
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Things that make you go

Things that make you go hmmmmmmmm...

allhans
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allhans 11/28/11 - 10:53 pm
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And then..

And then..

alumna
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alumna 11/28/11 - 11:07 pm
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Murderers hate sex offenders.

Murderers hate sex offenders.

jackrussell
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jackrussell 11/28/11 - 11:50 pm
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Prison justice. Inmates don't

Prison justice. Inmates don't like rapists, child molesters, or those who abuse the elderly. They may be criminals, but they have their own code of ethics

storiesihaveread
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storiesihaveread 11/29/11 - 02:12 am
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Oh well not losing sleep over

Oh well not losing sleep over this!!!

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 11/29/11 - 03:10 am
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Had Cooper died in a GDOC

Had Cooper died in a GDOC prison, I'd suggest that upon his entering Hell, Cooper had discovered that he'd found a better and safer place.

blues550
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blues550 11/29/11 - 05:15 am
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Good riddance.
Unpublished

Good riddance.

allhans
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allhans 11/29/11 - 05:28 am
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I doubt that where he went he

I doubt that where he went he feels any better.
Sick, sick. His crimes were against a boy AND a girl.

copperhead
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copperhead 11/29/11 - 07:39 am
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What happened to y'all's

What happened to y'all's "christian" attitude? Christians are pretty picky about which of god's laws they want to follow each day. Doesn't the lord say"vengence is mine"? Isn't a sinner a sinner? He who is WITHOUT sin,cast the first stone. There seems to be ALOT of sinless folks around.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 11/29/11 - 09:13 am
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Closely supervised

Closely supervised ???nahh.....the other court ruled on this !!

Jane18
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Jane18 11/29/11 - 09:20 am
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Just to let you know

Just to let you know copperhead, both murder and rape(12 acts of criminal sexual conduct and 10 counts of committing lewd acts) are death sentences required by GOD. Can you imagine what criminal sexual conduct and lewd acts are? As far as the guy being killed, all I can tell you is that "HE works in mysterious ways" and will exact HIS vengance one way or another.

allhans
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allhans 11/29/11 - 11:01 am
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What Jane18 said.

What Jane18 said.

Equaltreatmentforall
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Equaltreatmentforall 11/29/11 - 11:06 am
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I'm with you copperhead.

I'm with you copperhead.

Vito45
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Vito45 11/29/11 - 11:14 am
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The most disturbing aspect of

The most disturbing aspect of this is why/how inmates can not be better protected against attacks. This stuff happens all the time and one would think that inmates who are typical targets would get segregated away from the general population.

maddog
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maddog 11/29/11 - 11:17 am
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Christians are also human and

Christians are also human and have human emotions.

dms10102001
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dms10102001 11/29/11 - 01:37 pm
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The feds should take this one

The feds should take this one and charge those who are suppose to be watching the inmates to make sure they are not subject to abuse or cruelty. Too much illegal activity happening in today's prison systems which is suppose to be ran by those we have hired to "protect" us.

TK3
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TK3 12/03/11 - 08:52 pm
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Made a comment but again,

Made a comment but again, evidently censored!

Sean Moores
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Sean Moores 12/04/11 - 11:09 am
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TK3, we haven't removed any

TK3, we haven't removed any of your comments from this thread. You haven't posted anything here.

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