The state Supreme Court ordered 27 inmates serving life sentences to be released in October 2009 because they had maxed out their sentences, which were imposed under a 1970s law that stated a life sentence was equal to 80 years behind bars.
More than two dozen North Carolina inmates are eligible for release under an appellate ruling on a decades-old law that appeared to define life sentences as only 80 years long.
The nephew of a state trooper who was killed in 1976 said Monday that the state Supreme Court didn't go far enough in ruling that his uncle's killer remain incarcerated.
Two convicted killers who argued that they should be released from prison because they had served their life sentences under a 36-year-old law must remain incarcerated, the state Supreme Court ruled Friday.
As family members of murder victims looked on, justices peppered attorneys for two inmates and the state with questions about the intent of a 1974 law that defined a life sentence as 80 years in prison.
North Carolina's highest court has scheduled arguments for Feb. 16 in the cases of two convicted murderers who argue that the life sentences they received in the 1970s are now complete.
The state Supreme Court on Friday blocked a judge's order to release two convicted killers from prison.
State attorneys must now appeal to the state Supreme Court to keep Alford Jones and Faye Brown – two of several dozen inmates serving life sentences under a 1970s law – in prison.
The state Court of Appeals on Monday afternoon halted the release of two inmates sentenced to life in prison, hours after a Superior Court judge ordered their release.
The case of convicted murderer Faye Brown went before a Wake County judge on Friday morning with her attorneys arguing her sentence "has expired" and that she has been "unlawfully detained."
The chief of North Carolina's prison system testified Wednesday that he never ordered the release of inmates who were covered by a 1974 law that put an 80-year limit on a life sentence.
Attorneys were set to argue in a state court why they think a man given a life sentence more than three decades ago should not qualify for good behavior credits that could set him free early.
The state has recalculated release dates for 27 inmates who should be freed following an appellate court ruling, setting the earliest date for unconditional release in 2054.
As the court battle to keep 27 inmates in prison brews, some state officials are considering a back-up plan to address the issue.
The inmates set to be released under a state Supreme Court ruling would have no supervision, Gov. Beverly Perdue says.
Gov. Bev Perdue is defending her decision to hire a woman convicted of murder to work in her office.
Tanya Yearwood, of Kinston, was 9 when she was kidnapped and raped by Stephen C. Wilson. She thought the worst was behind her, until she learned Wilson might be released from prison.
Twenty-seven violent offenders scheduled to walk out of prison Thursday because of a loophole in state law are now waiting while the state tries to resolve legal issues associated with their release.
The North Carolina Department of Correction announced Saturday that it has identified seven more inmates serving life sentences who could be affected by a recent state Supreme Court ruling.
Did the Department of Correction have the authority to make a policy more than 20 years ago granting certain inmates sentenced to life in prison time served for good behavior?
Twenty North Carolina inmates told last week they would be released early from life sentences are now coping with a decision by the governor that blocks their freedom
A prison inmate sentenced to life in prison for second-degree murder more than 30 years ago says he's changed and vows not to re-offend once he's released.
Gov. Beverly Perdue said late Thursday that she has no plans to release 20 prison inmates next week, despite a recent state Supreme Court ruling that they had served out their life sentences and should be freed.
Manley Porter, 61, was supposed to spend the rest of his life in prison for raping a woman while robbing a Winston-Salem convenience store. But because of a loophole in North Carolina law, he and 19 other violent criminals will be released next week.
The state is going through a crash course to get 20 violent criminals ready for public life, reaching out to community groups who could help them find jobs or provide support.
Members of the North Carolina Fraternal Order of Police are expressing concern over a state Court of Appeals ruling that forces the release of 20 longtime inmates.
Twenty prison inmates to be set free later this month because of a legal ruling and good conduct credits have racked up more than 250 infractions in prison for offenses such as fighting, weapon possession and theft.
North Carolina plans to release 20 longtime inmates because of a ruling on a decades-old law that appeared to define life sentences as only 80 years long.
Lawyers for a man convicted of a Cumberland County double murder in 1975 argued to the state Supreme Court that old sentencing laws entitle him to go free since he has met the requirements of a life sentence under those laws.