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Cellmate charged in McCormick prison death

Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011 8:36 AM
Last updated Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011 12:53 AM
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The cellmate of a convicted sex offender found dead in a prison in McCormick County has been charged with murder.

The State newspaper reported that a warrant released by the State Law Enforcement Division says 32-year-old John Michael New has been charged with murder.

Forty-nine-year-old Ricky Cooper was found dead late Saturday morning in front of a shower at the McCormick Correctional Institution.

The warrant states that Cooper was strangled. He had been serving a 20-year sentence for criminal sexual conduct with a minor.

New had been serving a life sentence for hostage taking.

Senate Corrections Committee Chairman Mike Fair of Greenville told the newspaper that his staff has been told Cooper was mutilated, though Fair said he did not have details.

SLED would not comment on the death.

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raul
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raul 11/30/11 - 10:43 am
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Mutilated. I am guessing what

Mutilated. I am guessing what that means.... Not.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 11/30/11 - 12:48 pm
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And "bleeding heart
Unpublished

And "bleeding heart socialists" believe prisoners can be rehabilitated. Some who head these groups are former prisoners intent on making the "Man" pay for their time by manipulating, I mean "creating" organizations or urging presently organized foundations (Amnesty International) to aid them financially. Social reform groups do not profess to address the real problems inherent with those incarcerated. Their mission is to raise the guilt factor among those who have been very fortunate in having never been on the recieving end of a criminal. The Augusta Judicial curcuit presently has a judge who was forced to make a life or death decision against a criminal. (reference Webster's Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary, criminal: one who has committed a crime, a person who has been convicted of a crime. Crime: an act or the commission of an act that is forbidden or the omission of a duty that is commanded by public law and that makes the offender liable to punishment by the law.) troy anthony davis was guilty no matter the national association against caucasian people, anti-caucasian liberals union, amnesty international or the occupiers. I feel for cooper's family and hope they recieve justice, new's hide on a platter.

nnaugusta
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nnaugusta 11/30/11 - 05:01 pm
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He should be given credit for

He should be given credit for time served and released. He did what the courts failed to do!

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corgimom 11/30/11 - 05:32 pm
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Here's the story when Cooper

Here's the story when Cooper was originally arrested-

http://www.wistv.com/story/6711155/graniteville-man-charged-with-sexuall...

He was a serial child molester.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 11/30/11 - 05:44 pm
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nnaugusta, whether he did

nnaugusta, whether he did what your feel the courts failed to do, after readying the link corgimom posted, I seriously do not want this man credited for time served and released.

Pu239
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Pu239 11/30/11 - 07:55 pm
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ICL...I think nnaugusta was
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ICL...I think nnaugusta was refering to releasing New, not Cooper the child molester.

nnaugusta
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nnaugusta 11/30/11 - 08:56 pm
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PU239...Exactly!

PU239...Exactly!

InChristLove
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InChristLove 12/01/11 - 07:02 am
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Sorry, I read it wrong. I

Sorry, I read it wrong. I thought the article was about New and that both subjects were child molesters......

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dms10102011 12/01/11 - 08:48 am
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Why in the world do they have

Why in the world do they have "cell mates" anyway? Put them in separate cells so stuff like this doesn't happen. Monitor them when they are in a group in common areas. It's not that hard to figure out.

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TK3 12/01/11 - 09:47 am
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Guards have been know to

Guards have been know to leave cell doors open and look the other way in such jail house justice cases and that should be looked into. Course when folks figure out that you can't even be secure in jail, more will resist any arrest using violence in order to stay out.

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