Inmate’s death at Spartanburg Co. prison under investigation


James Prator Jr. (Source: S.C. Department of Corrections)

SPARTANBURG Co., S.C. (WSPA) — An inmate is believed to have committed suicide at a prison in Spartanburg County.

Dexter Lee, a spokesman for the S.C. Department of Corrections (SCDC), said an inmate was found unresponsive in his cell at Tyger River Correctional Institution on Tuesday evening.

The inmate was identified as 25-year-old James Roy Prator Jr. 

Prator’s death appears to be suicide, Lee said.

Prison officials are awaiting autopsy results for the exact cause of death.

7News is told those results normally take about 48 hours.

Prator was committed to the SCDC in August 2017 for convictions in Greenville County, including second-degree burglary, grand larceny and three counts each of breaking into a motor vehicle, according to Lee.

Prator’s projected release date was July 15, 2021.

Tyger River Correctional is a medium-security prison in Enoree.

According to SCDC records, 1,075 inmates are incarcerated there as of Wednesday. 

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