South Carolina prison guard accused in attack on inmate


COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – A prison guard in South Carolina opened a cell door and allowed inmates to attack the prisoner inside, according to an arrest warrant affidavit released Monday.

Alicia Nicole Smith, 37, is facing charges of accessory before the act of a felony and misconduct in office, prison officials said. A spokeswoman for the South Carolina Department of Corrections, Chrysti Shain, said she did not know whether Smith had an attorney. The arrest warrant was served on Friday.

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Smith was a sergeant at the Broad River Correctional Institution in Columbia on Nov. 10 when video surveillance footage shows she allowed about 11 inmates to enter the victim’s cell, according to the affidavit. The inmate inside suffered a black eye and other injuries.

Broad River is a high-security prison designed primarily to house violent male offenders, according to the Department of Corrections website.

Smith was fired after her arrest, the Department of Corrections said in a news release. Neither the news release nor the affidavit provided a possible motive, but the release said the investigation was ongoing.

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Shain said she had no additional information, and a call to prosecutors was not immediately returned.

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