FIRST ON WITN: Serial Killer Suspect Spent Time In Eastern Carolina

A man who authorities say killed five people in South Carolina last week was very familiar with prisons here in Eastern Carolina.

Patrick Burris was killed by Gaston County police Monday in a shootout.

Burris had been in North Carolina prisons on and off since 1990.

WITN News has learned the 41-year-old Burris had been in seven prisons here in the East since July 2000.

Here is a breakdown:

In July 2000 Burris was sent to Neuse for processing. Five days later he was moved to Craven. On August 25th, 2000 he was then moved to Greene where he was released in December 2000.

Burris then was sent to prison again the following year. In March 2002 he was transferred to Caledonia. He was then moved to Hyde in August 2002, Pamlico in September 2003, and Duplin in November 2004 to July 2005. Burris was transferred to other prisons and was released on April 29th of this year.


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  • by pete Location: grifton on Jul 10, 2009 at 11:46 AM
    Get this there are 800 prisons in the United States that hold no prisoners,most are in the mid-west.two are in Alaska that will hold 1.5 million prisoners,the population of Alaska is around 880,000 people and from what I here they are already staffed(who are they waiting for?American dissidents
  • by TAXPAYER Location: WASHINGTON on Jul 9, 2009 at 02:29 PM
    Sorry Tod, there won't be any building of new prisons to handle that large influx of inmates if we did it your way. Bev, and the idiots before her decided to spend our money on their frivilous pork barrell projects. We lose
  • by Ted Location: Greenville on Jul 9, 2009 at 02:16 PM
    Let us not forget either that it was the Habitual Felon Law that kept him in prison for seven years prior to his release. The same Habitual Felon Law some in the Legislature want to change or do away with all together!
  • by Buzz Location: MillCreek on Jul 9, 2009 at 02:09 PM
    To Taxpayer Location: Washington thanks for the info,which i find totally disgusting. But at least he wont be up for parole any more. Buzz-
  • by tod Location: 7 springs on Jul 9, 2009 at 12:46 PM
    would like to buy the officer a drink. This guy had 61 arrests and we all know noone gets caught for each crime so how many hundreds of crimes might he have committed? Forget 3 felonies and life anyone convicted of any three crimes should get life. Most crime is done by a small percentage of people and those people need exterminating
  • by Sam Location: Not ever near this guy on Jul 9, 2009 at 12:35 PM
    That is scary for NC inmates when you think about it now. To Taxpayer of Washington, you are right, the justice system is a complete joke.
  • by OBX on Jul 9, 2009 at 12:28 PM
    I feel for all the families he destroyed.
  • by Taxpayer Location: Washington on Jul 9, 2009 at 12:08 PM
    Also Buzz, I used to work at a prison that housed him and he was one quiet inmate. He didn't give anyone any trouble. I never would have guessed he of all people was capable of such a thing. I'm not excusing him by NO MEANS. I'm just simply pointing out, even in states that DO have parole boards, you just never can tell. And his crimes really weren't worthy of holding him in there for life. I'm not sure all the laws in the world are going to save us from the mayhem we are experiancing in these days.
  • by Oh Yeah Location: Here on Jul 9, 2009 at 11:27 AM
    WOW thats scary...he could have been in prison with my brother!!!
  • by Taxpayer Location: washington on Jul 9, 2009 at 11:03 AM
    Buzz, thanks to our liberal judges and lawyers and representatives, parole no longer exist in NC. It is Pre-Trial release and the maximum they can "watch" you is 6 months. Unless, you are serving out the rest of your sentence as a "suspended sentence". Our justice system is a joke..
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