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Inmate charged with spitting on correction officer

Posted July 10, 2009

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— An inmate at Caledonia Prison in Halifax County was charged Thursday after authorities say he spat in the face of a correction officer.

Anthony James Harper, 32, of Cumberland County, was charged with felony malicious conduct in the June 16 incident. The Halifax County Sheriff's Office investigated and filed the charge.

State Department of Correction records show that Harper was cited for five infractions June 16: assaulting staff with a weapon, assaulting staff by throwing liquids, using profane language and disobeying orders twice.

According to DOC records, Harper began a 3-year sentence in December 2008 after his probation was revoked. The probation stemmed from 2004 convctions for discharging a firearm into property, willful or wanton injury to real property, wanton injury to property valued at $200 or less, and resisting an officer.

In 1994, he got probation for arson and property damage, DOC records say.

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  • lovethemoment Jul 10, 2009

    Why is this news? This kind of thing happens all the time.

  • Coach K is still GREAT Jul 10, 2009

    They're in prison for doing a CRIME....why can't the officers just SMACK them in the head with something!!! Then there would be less people wanting to get into prison a second time!!!
    Granny
    July 10, 2009 12:50 p.m.
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    Granny, didn't you know they have more rights as the prisoner than the enforcement officer who WORKS there...

  • Blue Shirt Jul 10, 2009

    It is a difficult job being a CO in North Carolina; personnel shortages and low pay; respect is a two way street and 12 hours without a break is common. Only the inmate can change himself and he must learn to think and be accountable for his actions.

  • SO LOW Jul 10, 2009

    Sad thing about it- this officer who was spat on by trash only makes about $25-30K. I just could not have taken that. Imagine how the officer is going to feel when this scum is back in general population under his watch again.

    I just can't stand it. It's sad that they have to be demeaned like that by these nasty people!

  • Granny Jul 10, 2009

    They're in prison for doing a CRIME....why can't the officers just SMACK them in the head with something!!! Then there would be less people wanting to get into prison a second time!!!

  • dhamma Jul 10, 2009

    Kinda of surprised this is even a story here.

  • workingforthosethatwont Jul 10, 2009

    put him in the hole for 6 months, one meal a day, no tv, no visitors, no exercise and only bonafide emergency dr visits. re check his attitude around february next year.

  • wp Jul 10, 2009

    Unfortunately, this "man" will be put back on the street eventually. We need three strikes! I'm sick of criminals getting parole, going back, getting out, going back. It's ridiculous. They aren't going to change.

  • colliedave Jul 10, 2009

    As has been posted, this infraction is a common occurrence in prison. For those COs who work in admin. seg, - the place they put the bad guys who can't behave - it is common to have food and bodily fluids thrown at them. Don't undserstand why this is news.

  • killing_me_softly Jul 10, 2009

    Happens everyday in every prison in North Carolina...

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