Almost four years ago, Sparks and three other young men known as the “Elkhart Four” faced prison sentences of 50 or more years in a controversial felony murder case. Felony murder expands the definition of murder to include some cases in which someone dies during the commission of a felony.
The latest on a North Carolina General Assembly government oversight committee meeting Wednesday to discuss several issues, including some state prison maintenance contracts and decision by the University of North Carolina Board of Governors.
Disability Rights North Carolina Executive Director Vicki Smith said Friday that the prison must fill vacancies among mental health, medical and correctional workers to address deficiencies that contribute to poor treatment. Federal authorities have opened a criminal investigation of the March 12 death of inmate Michael Anthony Kerr, a 54-year-old with schizophrenia who died of thirst after being held in solitary confinement for 35 days.