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Michael F. Easley, Governor           Theodis Beck, Secretary

For Immediate Release
July 5, 2001
Contact: Keith Acree
             (919) 716-3727

Officer found dead at Cleveland Correctional Center

SHELBY – A correctional officer at Cleveland Correctional Center was found dead from a gunshot wound shortly before 4 a.m. today. Philip Vernon Stewart, 23, was on duty in one of the prison’s watch towers at the time of the incident.

The Cleveland County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the death. Stewart had been employed as an officer at the prison since February 2000.

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