North Carolina Department of Correction

June 30, 1999

Three prisoners shot as they attempt to escape prison farm work squad

At 2:55 PM, June 28, two correctional officers shot three close custody prisoners from the Odom Correctional Institution who were attempting to escape from a state prison farm work detail. Prisoner Bem Holloway was shot and killed. Prisoners Bennie Joyner and Wesley Turner were shot and wounded.

Bem Holloway

Bennie Joyner

Wesley Turner


Bem Holloway

born: 6/16/1977
admitted to prison: 11/17/1998
custody: close
sentence: 95 years, 4 months

Holloway was convicted November 17, 1998 in Wake County Superior Court for

DOCKET # 98032493 RAPE FIRST DEGREE

DOCKET # 98032554 RAPE FIRST DEGREE

DOCKET # 98032555 ROBBERY WITH A DANGEROUS WEAPON

DOCKET # 98032551 ROBBERY WITH A DANGEROUS WEAPON

DOCKET# 98032553 KIDNAPPING 1ST DEGREE

DOCKET # 98032552 KIDNAPPING 1ST DEGREE

DOCKET # 98032549 ATTEMPTED MURDER FIRST DEGREE

DOCKET # 98032548 BREAKING AND ENTERING


Bennie Joyner

born: 5/5/1976
admitted to prison: 11/25/1997
custody: close
sentence: 61 years, 5 months

Joyner was convicted November 20, 1997 in Pitt County Superior Court for:

DOCKET #97006158 ROBBERY WITH A DANGEROUS WEAPON

DOCKET #97008867 KIDNAPPING 1ST DEGREE

DOCKET #97008866 KIDNAPPING 1ST DEGREE

DOCKET #97008865 KIDNAPPING 1ST DEGREE

Joyner was convicted January 21, 1998 in Pitt County Superior Court for:

DOCKET #97006159 ARMED ROBBERY

DOCKET #97008871 KIDNAPPING 2ND DEGREE

Joyner was convicted February 6, 1998 in Pitt County Superior Court for:

DOCKET #97007973 MURDER SECOND DEGREE

DOCKET #97006161 KIDNAPPING 1ST DEGREE

DOCKET #97006160 ARMED ROBBERY

DOCKET #97011391 CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT ARMED ROBBERY

DOCKET #97006263 KIDNAPPING 2ND DEGREE

DOCKET #97006264 KIDNAPPING 2ND DEGREE

DOCKET #97006266 KIDNAPPING 2ND DEGREE

DOCKET #97006267 KIDNAPPING 2ND DEGREE

DOCKET #97006268 KIDNAPPING 2ND DEGREE

DOCKET #97006269 KIDNAPPING 2ND DEGREE


Wesley Turner

born: 6/27/1977
admitted to prison: 12/4/1996
custody: close
sentence: 23 years, 1 month

Turner was convicted December 3, 1996 in Wayne County Superior Court for:

DOCKET #95017105 MURDER SECOND DEGREE

DOCKET #95017105 CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT MURDER FIRST DEGREE


North Carolina General Statute

148-46. Degree of protection against violence allowed.

(a) When any prisoner, or several combined shall offer violence to any officer, overseer, or guard, or to any fellow prisoner, or attempt to do any injury to the prison building, or to any workshop, or other equipment, or shall attempt to escape, or shall resist, or disobey any lawful command, the officer, overseer, or guard shall use any means necessary to defend himself, or to enforce the observance of discipline, or to secure the person of the offender, and to prevent an escape.

(b) A misdemeanor prisoner classified and treated as a convicted felon as the result of a consecutive felony sentence or sentences, or a convicted felon placed in the custody of the Secretary of Correction pending the outcome of an appeal, or a defendant charged with a felony or felonies and placed in the custody of the Secretary of Correction pending trial, shall be considered as a convicted felon in the custody of the Secretary of Correction against whom any means reasonably necessary, including deadly force, may be used to prevent an escape. (1933, c. 172, s. 27; 1975, c. 230.)


NEWS MEDIA REPORTS

Training of officers cited in death of prison escapee, News and Observer, 6/30/99

Dead Bladen escapee called ‘evil man’, Fayetteville Observer Times, 6/30/99

Suspect in Carr case killed in escape try - Wilmington Star News, 6/29/99

Prison Officials Defend Security Measures In Light of Recent Escape Attempts, WRAL-TV, 6/29/99

Victim of Escaped Inmate Recounts 7 Hours of Terror, WRAL-TV, 6/29/99

Prisoner attempting escape shot dead, News and Observer, 6/29/99

Three escapees shot; one dies, Fayetteville Observer Times, 6/29/99

Three Inmates Shot Trying To Escape in Northampton County - WRAL TV, 6/28/99


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