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Michael F. Easley, Governor           Theodis Beck, Secretary


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
February 14, 2001
Contact:  Pamela Walker
              Public Information Officer
              (919) 716-3700

Inmates Dies In Accident At Sampson Correctional Institution

CLINTON- Sao Ka, a 31-year old inmate housed at Sampson Correctional Institution, died this morning at 1:20 a.m. at Sampson Regional Medical Center after an accident at the institution.

Ka was assigned to a second shift job in the Correction Enterprises laundry and was operating a dryer when the accident happened. Preliminary reports indicate that at 11:55 p.m. Kas body was pinned between a dryer and an electrical box. Staff performed CPR, called 911 and Ka was transported to the hospital where he later died. Correction officials are conducting a full investigation with assistance from local law enforcement.

Ka was convicted of first degree burglary Oct. 27, 1993 in Mecklenburg County and was sentenced to 21 years and 5 months. Ka has been housed at Sampson since May 1999.

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