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Michael F. Easley, Governor           Theodis Beck, Secretary

February 5, 2001
Contact:  Randall E. Lee - Superintendent
              Caledonia Correctional Institution
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Inmate dies at Caledonia Correctional Institution

TILLERY – An inmate at Caledonia Correctional Institution was found unconscious by correctional staff in his cell today at approximately 11:00 a.m. Inmate Bennie Culver Joyner Jr., 24, of Greenville was pronounced dead at 11:36 a.m. on arrival at Halifax Regional Medical Center in Roanoke Rapids.

Correction officials say Joyner was found in his individual cell with a portion of a braided bed sheet with one end tied into the air vent and the other end tied around his neck. Correctional staff removed the braided bed sheet from around Joyner’s neck. Medical staff immediately began CPR.

Halifax County Emergency Medical Service was called at approximately 11:07 a.m. and arrived at the institution at 11:20 a.m. Inmate Joyner was transported by Halifax County Emergency Medical Services to Halifax Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

The inmate’s body has been sent to Nash General Hospital for an autopsy which is required by state law. The incident is currently under investigation by the Halifax County Sheriff’s Department.

Joyner was serving a 62-year sentence for second degree murder. He entered the Division of Prisons in November 1997 and had been housed at Caledonia since November 29, 2000.

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