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Augusta Inmate Stabs New Bunkmate with Shank as Jailer Brings Him into Cell

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An Augusta inmate was stabbed with a shank in front of a deputy jailer Friday as they brought him to a new cell.

Lewis Wigfall, 20, is accused of cutting 24-year-old Delvecchio Jones Jr. in the right hand with the homemade knife that had a 3-inch blade, authorities said. It happened as Jones was being transferred into the cell with Wigfall.

Jones was treated by medical staff at the jail, and Wigfall now faces additional charges of aggravated assault and weapon possession.

But the new charges will probably mean nothing to Wigfall, who has been locked up since he was 16 on murder and multiple armed robbery charges. Since then, he has participated in a host of disruptions and stabbings at the Charles B. Webster Detention Center, authorities say. He has multiple charges for possession of drugs and weapons in the jail. (See his charges below)

Last summer, he allegedly joined a bloody fight over a TV that left four inmates stabbed with homemade shanks. Two homemade knives were found in the dayroom of Pod Room. One homemade knife was found in Wigfall’s room.

Shanks have been a continuous problem for jail staff, with Chief Deputy Patrick Clayton blaming the accessibility to them on the deteriorating facility. Inmates are using metal parts of the decaying jail to make the handmade weapons.

The suspect in the latest stabbing was initially arrested in 2020 for his participation in a 3 a.m. gunfight that killed Marquan Patten of Aiken. The victim was shot in the head during the Augusta gunfight. The teens were supposed to be meeting with Wigfall and his friends to purchase a gun.

For his part, Jones has also been involved in jail violence with at least one charge for rioting and possession of a deadly weapon by inmate. He has been in jail since February 2022 on multiple armed robbery and aggravated assault charges.

Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.
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