Farmville suspect accused of more trouble in central prison - WNCT

Farmville suspect accused of more trouble in central prison

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RALEIGH, N.C. -

He's accused of pulling the trigger in the Hustle-Mart triple homicide and murdering a Princeville couple in their home.

But even behind bars, prison reports show 30-year-old Antwan Anthony is stirring up trouble.

9 on your side obtained years worth of documents on the inmate, dating back to his time in a Connecticut prison.

In November, Antwan Anthony left the Pitt County Detention Center and went to central prison after he allegedly tried to stab a jail officer with a pen. Six months later, Anthony already has 20 infractions. To put that in perspective: 50 percent of the inmates in central prison have zero violations. On average, most inmates have one or two a year.

Threatening guards. Participating in gangs. Committing sexual acts. These are just a few of the infractions against Antwan Anthony since he arrived at central prison.

It's a dual-edged sword for prison officers: protect the inmates and protect yourself.

"You put it all together, that's the kind of people who are killers I guess. That's why they act the way they do and totally disrespect life," said Sheriff Neil Elks, in an interview in 2012.

Antwan Anthony is no stranger to the system. He landed in prison in 2002 for second degree assault. A two-year sentence turned into ten years.

Documents 9 on your side obtained show 129 recorded incidents, including at least five assaults on prison guards, self-mutilation and psychiatric care. They portray a violent man who threatened to kill on more than one occasion. Still, Anthony was eventually released and moved to North Carolina on probation.

But just months later, Anthony was back in prison. After his first appearance in court, his family told us the system failed him.

"He's mentally ill and he should have been on his medication. If he was dirty when he went to see his probation officer he should have been locked up then. And these people would still be here. Their lives, they would still be here. So who's to blame?," said his aunt.

A jury will have to answer that question.

Dates for the murder trials have not yet been set. If convicted, Anthony could face the death penalty.

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