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Two captured in Orange County manhunt

Posted June 10, 2011

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— Authorities arrested two parolees after a manhunt sparked by an incident early Friday in which shots were fired at an Orange County sheriff's deputy.

Lamarr Pate Murphy, 28, and Sammy Lee Mebane Jr., 27, both face a charge of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill a sheriff's deputy.

The deputy was not injured in the shooting on U.S. Highway 70 in Efland around 3:32 a.m., authorities said. More details of the incident weren't released.

The suspects were caught in the woods outside a weigh station along Interstate 40/85 around 9 a.m.

The Orange County Sheriff's Office sent a call out to residents in the Efland area, warning them to be on the lookout for two armed and dangerous men.

Both Murphy and Mebane were on parole after recently finishing prison sentences for unrelated armed robbery convictions, according to state Department of Correction records. Mebane was listed as absconder from parole supervision.

Murphy was released from prison last October after serving more than 10 years and was on parole until July 25, DOC records show. While in prison, he was convicted of assault with a deadly weapon and three counts of assault on an officer or state employee, as well as being cited for 68 infractions, records state. Those misdemeanor charges added about nine months to his sentence.

He also served probation for convictions for misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon and three larceny counts.

Mebane was released last September and put on parole until June 13, DOC records show. He was cited for 28 infractions in prison, including assaulting a staff member with a sexual instrument.

He also has 17 other convictions, including assault on a female, attempted common-law robbery and felony breaking and entering.


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  • hellorhighwaters Jun 10, 2011

    One had a week to go on probation and the other had just one month to go on probation. And they could not wait that little bit of time to stay out of trouble. Wow!

    Do some people just like going to prison or to jail? Is that the new Fade?

  • dwntwnboy Jun 10, 2011

    "They need to convict and then execute both of these guys"- a little fast and loose with the death penalty aren't ya?

  • whatelseisnew Jun 10, 2011

    They need to convict and then execute both of these guys. We also need laws that hold the parole board members accountable. If they release someone, and that person commits a felony, then the parole board members are subject to the same punishment and the criminal.

  • illegals--GO HOME Jun 10, 2011

    Don't say we can't afford prisons, because we can. What we need to do is model ours after Sheriff Joe in Arizona....tents, grow their own food and such. If it is good enough for the soldiers who fight and die for our country, it should be good enough for those who care nothing for our laws!!!

    They get the minimum daily requirement of food and no AC, no movies and cable TV and such. They grow what they eat and have work to do each day....that is what they should be doing to repay society for their wrongs!!

    We coddle prisoners and give them way too much. I had to work to pay for my college degree and prisoners get them at the expense of the taxpayer.....WHY???????

    Prisons were not overcrowded when we had old fashioned chain gangs and such. Since we kiss their bu, tts now, they are more than willing to sit in jail and get health care free and such.

    We need a mass killing for those on death row to free up some space too!!!!

  • Scubagirl Jun 10, 2011

    and jsc1990, you are so correct. Sheriff Joe has the 100% right idea! We need more like him.

  • Scubagirl Jun 10, 2011

    "Are we sure they are guilty? Don't we need a trial? Innocent until proven guilty. valleygirl"

    some are just so trusting. These bums are guilty, no doubt about it. I'm sure they'll get a trial-more tax money wasted-they'll go BACK to jail, but maybe this time they won't get out!

  • NCSU2311 Jun 10, 2011

    Someone give that guy a tissue. He looks like hes about to start crying. He was so tough just a few hours ago.

  • jsc1990 Jun 10, 2011

    Good work!
    We need to borrow some of JOE's techniques out of Arizona. Life in prison seems to be highly entertaining and when they hit the streets again, they are still in shape to practice their usual disgusting contributions to society.... Put them in tents, and let them work free for about 10 years. They may decide it is a pleasure to be a citizen of America then!

  • biznetads Jun 10, 2011

    DNA'S... GERS!!!

  • ICTrue Jun 10, 2011

    "You go NRA ...Wonder where these guys got the weapon to attack a deputy..."

    See, it's not their fault. It's society, it's all of us law abiding gun owners. It's the NRA's fault! Really, just let the poor boys go. Maybe they had a rough childhood or something.