Inmate Takes SCDC Employee Hostage at McCormick Prison, Says SLED

A corrections officer at McCormick Correctional Institution has accused an inmate of sexual assault and making threats. The inmate is now facing charges related to these allegations.

On September 25, the State Law Enforcement Division reported that 23-year-old Timothy Darren Sherard Jr. was charged with taking a hostage, first-degree criminal sexual conduct, and possession of a weapon during a violent crime on September 22.

According to a statement from SCDC, the prisoner has been relocated to another facility. The staff member received medical attention at a nearby hospital, as stated in the release.

According to online prison records, Sherard was convicted of false imprisonment and first-degree assault and battery in Greenwood County and is currently serving a 10-year sentence. He was projected to be eligible for parole on December 6th. In addition, he is listed on the South Carolina Sex Offender Registry due to a conviction of criminal sexual conduct when he was 17 years old.

Located in McCormick, the McCormick Correctional Institution is a state prison that accommodates up to 1,128 adult male inmates and is classified as a maximum-security facility.

The case will be handled by the 11th Circuit Solicitor’s Office.

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