GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – He’s accused of pulling the trigger in the Farmville Triple Homicide and murdering a Princeville couple in their home.
Now, 29-year-old Antwan Anthony is facing more charges after Pitt County Deputies say he tried to stab a detention officer with a pen.
Detention officers are used to dealing with the bad guys every day, but Major Jeff Phillips says certain inmates have it out for anyone who crosses their path.
"We do have folks that are housed in our facility that can and will harm you if given the opportunity,” he said.
On November 15th, deputies say Antwan Anthony saw a window for opportunity. Arrest warrants say he became destructive and tore up light fixtures in his cell. But he wasn’t done yet. Later that day, Phillips says Anthony tried to stab an officer with an ink pen as he was passing a meal through the door at lunch time.
"During the assault the officer was able to defend himself and was not injured,” said Phillips.
They moved Anthony from his maximum security cell in Pitt County to Central Prison in Raleigh.
But Anthony is no stranger to the prison system. Records show he spent close to 10 years behind bars in Connecticut before moving to North Carolina to finish his probation. He entered the Connecticut system in 2002 for second degree assault. Police reports say he carved initials into a teenager's chest because he thought the boy gave information about him to police. A judge sentenced Anthony to two years in prison, but he racked up more time once he was behind bars.
"It's unfortunate that it works as a dual-edged sword when you have to protect the inmate as well as protect yourself from them,” said Phillips.
Electronic disciplinary records are not available and a Department of Corrections officer couldn’t disclose the information over the phone, but a Connecticut newspaper sheds some light on Anthony’s violent past.
“The Hartford Courant” reports Anthony was written up 129 times and assaulted prison guards in Connecticut at least five times. In addition, the newspaper cites at least five instances of “self mutilation” and psychiatric care. The paper says he left the Northern Correctional Center in Somers, Connecticut, promising someone would die.
Just two months later, he allegedly made good on that promise. He’ll sit in Central Prison until his next court appearance.
A second suspect in the Princeville and Hustle-Mart murders, Willie Whitehead Jr., also moved to Central Prison in Raleigh in October. He allegedly plotted to kill and kidnap several top law enforcement people, including the Pitt County Sheriff and his wife.
If convicted of the crimes, both could face the death penalty.
GREENVILLE, N.C. - A man charged in the deaths of three Hustle Mart employees is accused of trying to stab a jail officer.
He's now in Central Prison in Raleigh.
Major Jeff Phillips tells 9 On Your Side that it happened on November 15th. That's when Antwan Anthony attempted to stab the detention officer with a pen as he was being served his meal.
Fortunately, the officer avoided assault and was not hurt.
Anthony along with three others are accused of the April 1st murders at the Hustle Mart in Farmville. He's also accused of the March killings of an Edgecombe County couple. That happened at their home near Princeville.
Anthony is looking at the possibility of a death penalty if convicted.
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