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Inmate dies after fight at Goldsboro prison

Posted July 23, 2014
Updated July 25, 2014

Christopher Phillips

— An inmate at Neuse Correctional Institution in Goldsboro died Wednesday after a fight with another man detained there, according to the state Department of Public Safety.

DPS spokeswoman Pamela Walker said Terry Houser was hospitalized June 30 after a fight with Christopher Phillips. On Wednesday, Houser, 58, died of his injuries.

He was serving a four-month sentence for driving without a license.

Phillips, 28, was convicted of breaking and entering in May and was serving 17 months on that charge. After his fight with Houser, he was charged with assault inflicting serious bodily injury. He is currently being held in the Wayne County Jail.


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  • ashewing Jul 24, 2014

    Notexactly] - You're SPOT ON!!!

  • notexactly Jul 24, 2014

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    Well he didn't deserve to die. But he deserved to be in jail ( where he got in a fight that killed him) He was there by his own doing. People that make bad choices pay the price for it. What that price is, is never really known until it is paid. But when you put yourself in those situations you are asking for trouble. Only they are to blame, no one else.

  • notexactly Jul 24, 2014

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    Again you blame the wrong people. First you can blame the gov programs for a lot tof the crimes being committed. When You are being given everything, you kinda lose the responsible, hard working mind set. Which will lead to mischief for sure. Then you can blame the criminals that put themselves in that situation ( repeatedly). Why was he in jail? Why did he not have a license? Then why did he fell that the law didn't apply to him and drive without a license. Then did the system actually kill him, or was it another irresponsible poc criminal? They both put themselves in jail, what they do to each other is on them. You can come out of you bubble now.

  • notexactly Jul 24, 2014

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    Um no he died from injuries from the fight. He was in jail due to his irresponsible act of driving without a license. The article failed to mention why he had no license, but we can figure that out. This man made bad decisions and keeps making them to make his situation worse and now it has cost him his life. And you want to blame others for this? Wow.

  • Jason Conaway Jul 24, 2014
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    That's a good way to save tax dollars!

  • gotnoid Jul 24, 2014

    Sorry the fellow was killed but...

    1. This fellow was killed in a fight with another prisoner; He was not killed by the State. There are mean people in prison.
    2. Look on the NC Department of Corrections website and see his extensive criminal record going back to 1987-He was a significant repeat offender.
    3. I expect he was safer in a NC correction facility than he would have been on the streets of Chicago, Detroit, or Washington DC.
    Anyone wanna bet??

  • SouthernBornSouthernBred Jul 24, 2014

    If he wasn't a criminal he wouldn't be in jail....therefore he would still be alive. Quit blaming everybody but the 2 guys that were fighting! It's time people take responsibility for their actions and quit blaming everybody else!

  • Djofraleigh Anderson Jul 23, 2014
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    Regrettable. How do those blaming the state for the death determine the state was at fault? Let's have some facts before pointing the finger. We need to protect those we incarcerate just as we do those walking free.

  • 68_dodge_polara Jul 23, 2014

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    True, but he certainly didn't deserve this.

  • FakeCoastalRings Jul 23, 2014

    If he got four months he must have been charged dozens of times. He probably did not have any money so he chose the jail sentence.