Slain Anson Co. prison inmate was convicted of murder

Slain Anson Co. prison inmate was convicted of murder

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by WCNC.com Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on September 28, 2012 at 6:10 PM

Updated Saturday, Sep 29 at 9:21 AM

ANSON COUNTY, N.C. -- One inmate was killed after being stabbed during an incident at Lanesboro Correctional Center in Anson County.

Superintendent Lawrence Parsons said a brawl broke out in a wing of the prison around 1:30 p.m. Wesley Turner, 35, died from his injuries after being taken to a nearby hospital and a second inmate was injured.

“We have a pod of probably 144 inmates. The whole 144 were not involved but at the time there were 144 inmates allowed in that area,” said Parsons.

What started the brawl is still not known.

Anson County Sheriff Tommy Allen said there are a number of MS-13 and other gang members housed in the prison.

“This is a high security prison and this is where they put that kind of individual, but at this time we have no information to indicate that it was gang related,” Allen said.

Both the SBI and the Anson County Sheriff’s Office were on site conducting the investigation.

According to North Carolina records, Turner had an extensive offender history. He was serving nine to 11 years for a 1995 murder.

Before his untimely death, he was scheduled to serve time for attempting to escape from prison in 1999. According to prison records, Turner would've been released in the summer of 2017.

The Anson County Sheriff's Office tells NBC Charlotte, no correction officers were injured during the fight.

Inmates who witnessed or who were believed to have been part of the brawl are being questioned by Sheriff’s deputies and State Bureau of Investigation agents.

In a press release sent to NBC Charlotte authorities stated, "The name of the other inmate who was injured in the altercation will not be released at this time due to security reasons. He remains hospitalized at this time."
 

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