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Protective Custody Not Protecting Burmeister

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RALEIGH — The so-called "tight security" meant toprotect convicted murderer James Burmeister has been cracked for thesecond time in a week. A prisoner entered Burmeister's cell when acorrectional officer forgot to lock the door.

When officers discovered Ronnie Crumper inside Burmeister's cell,Crumper said he didn't intend to harm Burmeister, he just wanted to pointout how vulnerable he is to an attack.

Burmeister, a former Fort Bragg paratrooper, was convicted last monthin the shooting deaths of two Fayetteville African-Americans. At the timeof his sentencing, he asked for extra security to protect him from revengein prison.

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