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Female Inmate Found Dead

Posted March 13, 2008

— The North Carolina Dept. of Corrections announced the death of inmate Amber Gilley Thursday.

Gilley, 31, was found hanging in a shower Tuesday evening, the victim of an apparent suicide.

Gilley was serving a six-to-eight month sentence for drug possession with intent to sell. She also had misdemeanor convictions for driving while impaired and injury to personal property. All convictions were in Surry County.

The Edgecombe County Sheriff's Department investigating her death.


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  • lovecarolinagutters Mar 13, 2008

    churchgirl2, you are so very right. Alot of people in jail are very sick {mentally} indeed. This leads to self-medicating and thus jail. We have a system that is not working.

  • Mustange Mar 13, 2008

    You should se what goes on behind those prison walls, things you cant live with, for some people especially if your the victum.

  • fl2nc2ca2md2nc Mar 13, 2008

    C'mon JAT, you have to know what I am saying. She obviously needed help and didn't get it...she got (depressing) jail instead and then, yes, she decided to end her life. It's tragic and, I think, avoidable.

  • 007KnightRider Mar 13, 2008

    This story does seem odd, 6-8 months would have rolled around in no time. She may have had the chance to be released early for good behavior however, that's easier said than done.

  • JAT Mar 13, 2008

    NWD - of course you can have both, but having one doesn't mean you have a built-in excuse to break the law.

    fl - no, she got a 6-8 month sentence for petty crimes. SHE chose to kill herself. No one else but her.

  • North Wake Dad Mar 13, 2008

    "..If you break the law you need punishment. If you have a mental illness you need help."

    The point (that I didn't make very well) was that a person can need both. Sounds like this young lady needed both.

  • fl2nc2ca2md2nc Mar 13, 2008

    JAT, by your logic, this girl got a death sentence for petty crimes...

  • JAT Mar 13, 2008

    If you break the law, you need punishment, regardless of your "mental illness". After you get the punishment, you can then seek help, but a mental illness should not give you a free ride to break the law. Even the very sick know they are sick - they just choose not to deal with it and let the sick part of them take control. Maybe the girl just had a wake-up and realized how she'd messed her life up. Who knows?

  • GetRight Mar 13, 2008

    All we see is "6-8 months in jail". What she saw was 31 years of a lousy life of failure that (as of that time) had ended in prison. What she saw in the mirror was different than what we see in the news. Unfortunate, but no intelligent person should be blaming anyone but Ms. Gilley.

  • churchgirl2 Mar 13, 2008

    Sometimes we can be so judgemental, until it hits home, cross our path or rain on our parade. Everything is not always black and white. Especially in the world of mental illness. If you have never dealt with it then you don't know or understand. It's not going anywhere. There are just as many undiagnose cases as it is diagnose. It is a shame she felt that was her only way out.