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Vance jail fight leaves one inmate dead, another charged

Posted December 22, 2010

— An inmate in the Vance County jail has been charged with second-degree murder following an altercation that left another inmate dead, authorities said Wednesday.

Efrain Torres Rodriguez, 29, punched Cedric Maurice Thomas, 30, in the throat on Dec. 15, crushing his windpipe, Vance County Sheriff Peter White said. Thomas died Monday night, the sheriff said.

Rodriguez was being held on a fugitive warrant from another state and was awaiting extradition when the altercation took place, White said. He also faces a charge of assault on a female.

Thomas was in jail on a probation violation.

Security cameras recently installed in the jail recorded the altercation, White said. The video is part of the investigation into the incident and won't be released to the media, he said.


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  • jescobedo7 Dec 22, 2010

    @fugitive guy, if you are referring to me being upset, it's because there is so much discrimination when a person is of hispanic orgin, people automatically think they are here illegally and it just makes me angry. I get angry over any kind of discrimination. And when people see my name, they think I'm illegal and the good Lord knows I was born right here in the NC Mountains.
    I actually don't think it matters if he's illegal or not, for what he did, he deserves his punishment whatever that is deemed to be. He killed a man. That's what this topic should be about, not if he's illegal or not. That's just my opinion.

  • nogade Dec 22, 2010

    Wildcat, wow is right, it's crazy isn't it? But rest assured, he (the murderer) will be back out on the streets in no time, another story of a repeat offender is what we'll be reading next!! yaaay for our judicial system!!! The judicial system keeps them out of prisons, guess it's up to us to keep them out of our homes!!

  • wildcat Dec 22, 2010

    WOW! You locked the criminals up and still they commit crime even murder. Some just don't learn regardless if they are locked up. Now one is charged with murder and the other is dead.

  • Tax Man Dec 22, 2010

    Where is the executioner in NC? This prisoner should be executed if he is found guilty. Any time a prisoner murders someone in the jail or prison system the penalty should be death - and the appeal should be taken care of within sixty days then have the execution! Also, where were the guards when this was going on? What protection does a prisoner held merely for a probation violation have? Hope this murderer gets his fast! And if he is illegal why would he be in our jail and not deported immediately?

  • brwneyez70 Dec 22, 2010

    When inmates get into fight in jail they isn't a good investigation. Think of who are you going to interview, INMATES! The charge will probably be reduced. They were in a fight, Rodriguez got a lucky punch & hit him in his windpipe. 1 lucky punch changed a simple affray to second-degree murder. Probably started over a card game or what's on tv. It's sad someone died but this is crazy. U have a bunch inmates together for most likely minor infractions & now 1 dead & another up da creek with no paddle. Ex-Detention Officer.........

  • fairyswearboots2 Dec 22, 2010

    This murderer deserves to stay the rest of his sorry life in prison on death row even if this sorry excuse for a human is Illegal or not..

  • Inter Alios Dec 22, 2010

    I suspect there was a reason the guy got punched in the throat.

  • fugitive guy Dec 22, 2010

    Why do they not include in the story whether someone is here illegal or not. Would end the speculation. Odds are he is an illegal given the massive numbers here in NC. I wonder why some get upset when someone mentions the possibility of someone here illegally killing a citizen, why the need to feel personally insulted by something that has nothing to do with them.

  • bear2010 Dec 22, 2010

    now thats a horrrible way to go..punched in the thoat.

  • jescobedo7 Dec 22, 2010

    Show me where it says he is an illegal alien? I am so sick of people assuming because someone is hispanic or has an hispanic name that they are here illegally. I have a hispanic name and I'm white, completely. You know what that say about someone who assumes things.