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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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