Attorney: Inmate Being 'Unlawfully Detained'

An attorney for a North Carolina inmate given a "life" sentence defined as only 80 years long says the woman's sentence has expired.

Sarah Jessica Farber argued before a Wake County judge Friday that convicted murderer Faye Brown has accrued nearly 17,000 credits in prison and that those deductions mean her sentence was complete in February. She said Brown has been "unlawfully detained" since then.

Brown was convicted for the 1975 murder of Trooper Tom Davis in Martin County. She is among more than two dozen inmates who were prepared for release in October before Gov. Beverly Perdue kept them behind bars. She is the third inmate to press the courts to approve the sentence reduction credits.

Superior Court Judge Ripley Rand is hearing two of the cases. He has vowed to expedite a decision.



The case of convicted murderer Faye Brown is scheduled to go before a Wake County judge on Friday morning. She is among more than two dozen inmates who were prepared for release in October before Gov. Beverly Perdue kept them behind bars.

One inmate went to court in Shelby on the matter last week while a second, Alford Jones, appeared in a Goldsboro courtroom this week.

Attorneys have debated whether the inmates qualify for sentence-reduction credits that would cut their sentences in half.

Brown was convicted of killing a Highway Patrol trooper in the East nearly 35 year ago. Trooper Tom Davis was shot dead in Williamston in 1975. Davis had stopped a car for running a red light, not knowing that the three people inside had just robbed a bank. The husband and father of two, was shot in the face.

Brown was sentenced to life for her role in the crime.

Superior Court Judge Ripley Rand is hearing two of the cases. He has vowed to expedite a decision.


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  • by Anonymous on Dec 20, 2009 at 06:18 PM
    I feel Faye Brown should be released. She was not the shooter and has serve well over the time. She was young at the time the incident happened. I believe she has seen the error in her action and as been reformed. Isn't that what the prisons are for? She has shown good behavior and earned the credit to qualify to be released. I know she is already dealing with this conviction within herself and with God. It time for her to reunit with her family.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 15, 2009 at 01:23 PM
    NO MORE LIFE SENTANCES, JUST PUT THEM IN THE CHAIR. IT COSTS 3 TIMES AS MUCH TO KEEP SOMEONE ON DEATH ROW THAN IT DOES A REGULAR INMATE. START EXECUTING THOSE WHO KILL AND IT WOULD SEND A WAKE UP CALL TO SOME OF THE WANNA BE THUGS. THIS WOMEN WILL DO NOTHING FOR OUR SOCIETY IF SSH EIS RELEASED. SOME HARD WORKING LAW ABIDING INDIVIDUAL WILL LOOSE THEIR JOB SO SHE WILL BE ABLE TO GET ONE. THAT IS JUST HOW SCREWED UP OUR JUSTICE SYSTEM IS. SHE SPENT LESS THAN HALF OF HER SENTANCE, SHE DID NOT GET PUT IN PRISON FOR GOOD BEHAVIO, WHY SHOULD SHE GET OUT FOR GOOD BEHAVIOR?
  • by Lyvette Location: Plymouth on Dec 15, 2009 at 01:12 PM
    I believe that Ms. Faye Brown should be released from prison. If I read the blog correctly, she wasn't the person who pulled the trigger. She participated in the robbing of a bank and she has served well over that time. I say let Ms. Brown out of prison. If she was a family member of the ones wanting her to rot in prison, they would want her out just like her family wants her out of prison.
  • by william Location: nc on Dec 13, 2009 at 04:43 PM
    good job Dave, I agree 100% it's time to get rid of these people save money, and put that money towards the hard working people loosing jobs, homes etc,the honest working and unemployed do not get a free ride why should they
  • by caroline Location: gville on Dec 13, 2009 at 10:36 AM
    To Peter Johnson..What part of my staement you din't understand..She's done her time and she should be freed..Remember the man that made you have the last say so,,not your dad either.
  • by a taxpayer Location: NC on Dec 12, 2009 at 03:50 AM
    Why are we wasting more of the taxpayers money by hiring her an attorney and tying up court time? She is as guilty now as she was when Trooper Davis was gunned down!!!!!!!!! Time off for good behavior for MURDER??????? She should rot in prison for the rest of her days on this earth. What is happening to our justice system. If NC releases all of these inmates for GOOD BEHAVIOR, then lets let Charles Manson out too...
  • by Clifton Location: Washington on Dec 12, 2009 at 03:48 AM
    Here's the problem. 1. She killed a person. 2.She killed a person after committing a bank robbery. 3. It was a law enforcement officer she killed. 4. She had an attorney at the trial. 5. Now she has another attorney. 6. Put BOTH attorney's in jail with her---FOR LIFE!!!! WHICH MEANS UNTIL SAID PERSON DIES.
  • by Bill Location: Greenville on Dec 12, 2009 at 03:33 AM
    How can a prisoner have good time served when they also have multiple infractions ? How can a prisoner serving a life sentence be allowed to leave jail to go to work ? Who's signature is on file to allow these decisions. Our whole judicial system is a joke to be mocked and abused by arrogant lawyers and politicians to the tune of their own agenda. To bad we can't go back to this prisoner's original sentence, that would eliminate this farce of a hearing. And justice would have been served.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 11, 2009 at 11:30 PM
    I think she should be released ; just as soon as she brings Trooper Tom Davis back to his family....
  • by STAY Location: INJAIL on Dec 11, 2009 at 11:24 PM
    LIFE IN JAIL. PERIOD. SHE NEEDS TO BE PUT UNDER THE JAIL. SHE IS A WASTE OF OUR MONEY.
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