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Skinhead Paratrooper Dies in Federal Prison

Posted March 21, 2007

— A skinhead paratrooper convicted a decade ago of killing two black people in Fayetteville, died Wednesday at a federal prison hospital in Missouri, authorities said.

James Burmeister, 31, was sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty of the December 1995 slayings of Jackie Burden and Michael James.

Burmeister was one of three former 82nd Airborne Division troops convicted in the case.

He was moved to federal prison eight years ago to protect him from other prisoners in North Carolina.

Authorities are awaiting the results of an autopsy to determine a cause of death.


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  • deerslayer Mar 27, 2007

    so what....

  • katgoesloco Mar 27, 2007

    There are a record number of Nazis and white supremacists in our armed forces right now, according to a report by the Southern Poverty Center.

  • New York Yankee Mar 26, 2007

    Too bad his chute didn't fail to open when he was a paratrooper.

  • I hear voices Mar 26, 2007

    I agree with "hawks", he became a convicted felon and lost the right to be called a paratrooper or to be spoken of as a soldier. He was a racist who will be judged by God.

  • Lizard Paw Mar 23, 2007

    He served his sentence,,,,let him out.

  • Bob3425 Mar 22, 2007

    No loss here,

  • me-in-raeford Mar 22, 2007


  • me-in-raeford Mar 22, 2007

    Well there is devine justice after all...and apparently its quicker than NC Justice...hmmm, the death penalty enacted in less than 10 years...WOW

    I wonder if their was a doctor present when he died and if they administered any sedative?????

  • Jhucei Mar 22, 2007

    once again, quagmire is right. Burn.

  • wstarhawks Mar 22, 2007

    They need to change the headline, this convict is no longer a paratrooper, he stopped being a soldier the day his dishonorable discharge came through.