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Wayne inmate caught after attack and escape

Posted January 21, 2009

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— An inmate was recaptured late Monday after escaping from the Wayne County Jail, authorities said Wednesday.

A detention officer at the jail was removing a mop bucket from Christin Ray Godette's cell when Godette beat and choked him to the point that the officer passed out, authorities said. Godette used the officer's handcuffs to secure him and used his keys to escape, authorities said.

Detention officers, Wayne County deputies and Goldsboro police officers used dogs to track Godette to the West Haven area of Goldsboro, where he was arrested about a half-hour after his escape, authorities said.

The detention officer who was attacked was treated at and released from Wayne Memorial Hospital, authorities said.

Godette faces felony charges in the assault and escape, authorities said.


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  • 68_polara Jan 23, 2009

    I hope when they caught him they taught him a lesson.

  • mochabrown Jan 22, 2009

    I have to agree with one post, this officer was probably too friendly with this inmate. As a matter of fact, the entire family is trouble. I'm surprised the mother is not in jail. She went for bad. Not sure if this is the same young man, but one of the brothers (I think they are twins), once allowed two dogs to attack a kitten, until someone spoke up and called animal control. Thankfully, the kitten didn't die.

  • bomanicous Jan 21, 2009

    "I work in corrections and, probably, either security measures were not followed OR the "guard" was too friendly with the inmate"

    This does not sound right to me but you corrections officers know more. Is it possible for anyone, especially an inmate, to be able to get out of a county jail or state prison with a set of keys. I've been in a few being escorted and you can't go far down a hallway without someone having to open a door electronically. To be able to leave the entire building with a set of keys just doesn't add up, I wouldn't think the warden could do that.

  • King Studley. Back for now... Jan 21, 2009

    Just for the record, this is Polar Bear. I was somehow signed in to studley's account. Oops!

  • imacoppiceman Jan 21, 2009

    As a former corrections officer, I think that North Carolina should initiate a policy where if an inmate assaults an officer and is found guilty of same, an automatic five years of actual time is added to their sentence. This would help protect those who must do a very difficult job that most of the population either can't or wouldn't do. It's time we as citizens stand up and help those that protect us from the worse that society can dish up.....

  • King Studley. Back for now... Jan 21, 2009

    I work in corrections and, probably, either security measures were not followed OR the "guard" was too friendly with the inmate. Either way, the officer should be disciplined. Keep in mind that inmates WILL BE inmates. It is vital that staff follow security procedures and maintain a professional relationship with any and all inmates. Now I know there will be those people that believe the officer did nothing wrong. "He was just doing his job" most will say. The officer, in my humble opinion , did not take his job serious enough and it could have cost him his life. With all that being said.....inmates know there are consequences for their actions and this particular inmate should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. I did not read anywhere that the inmate had to be taken to the emergency room because of the extent of his injuries. After an inmate attacks an officer, there are always enough injuries to the inmate that a hospital ride is needed. The coincidence is uncanny.

  • EZeegoing Jan 21, 2009

    Repeat offenders like him need to be handled like they do in some African countries. Lock them up in a cold, damp cell with no heat except for blankets and the only food and water given to him is what is delivered by the family. Don't put the burden for housing criminals on the taxpayer. Do you think this would be a crime deterent ?? Betcha.

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  • Dalphine Jan 21, 2009

    There are some people you can not help no matter what you do for them. He should not be granted probation. He needs to say locked up. He is danger to the community.

  • protestthis Jan 21, 2009

    "the headline should read "shot while attempting to escape"... "

    there's two problems with that statement -
    First and foremost would be shooting anyone -
    second - i was under the impression that most jailers/correction officers do not carry guns inside the jails.