Seven Added To Inmate Release List

Governor Beverly Perdue has ordered the state to prohibit the scheduled release of 20 inmates from state prisons Thursday. However, the state says seven more qualify for release, based on the good conduct credits applied to the other 20 inmates.

Two of the additional seven were convicted of violent crimes in Eastern Carolina.

Joseph Seaborn was convicted of the first degree murder of Highway Patrol Trooper Guy Davis in Williamston. Faye Brown, another person convicted in that crime, was on the original list of 20 to be released.

Victor Foust was convicted of the murder of Dennis Mayo during a robbery in Wilson County.

The North Carolina Supreme Court ruled earlier this month in favor of prisoner Bobby Bowden, who argued a 1970s state law defined a life sentence as 80 years. Time-off credits allowed some like Bowden to get a day-for-a-day for good behavior, and 20 inmates qualified for release.

That had been scheduled for October 29 but is now on hold after Governor Beverly Perdue said prison officials didn't have authority to apply the credits to inmates in prison for life. Perdue wants the court system to sort out the issue.


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  • by Malcolm Location: Ill Will on Nov 17, 2009 at 05:13 AM
    to "Anonymous on 11/2/09 at 12:09 pm"..y shouldn't cop killers get a 2nd chance?..everybody deserves a 2nd chance..what about killer cops thats killin citizens..mayb the cop that got killed was one of them..i bet u think they deserve a 2nd chance huh?..not in this lifetyme..
  • by Anonymous Location: Goldsboro on Nov 9, 2009 at 06:09 AM
    oh yea thats good, lets all give them a second chance, really? are you serious? if you read the other stories posted, almost all of the convicts that were supposed to be released, acted just as bad in prison, they didnt learn anything and they arent going to change, so yea lets just "give them a second chance" so they can kill, rape or molest again, that sounds great! get real. Honestly I think they should get the death penalty, if they killed someone they shouldnt have the chance to live off our tax dollars, not including the grieving families of the victims, how do you think they feel! Caroline they should put you in the prison with the convicts they are talking about releasing, just for a day, Im sure you will have a different look on giving them a fresh chance.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 2, 2009 at 09:09 AM
    Cop killers should NEVER get a second chance. Period.
  • by caroline Location: greenville on Oct 29, 2009 at 08:18 PM
    Anonymous, you are so right, we all deserves a fresh chance. Look whats been on the news this week. our ex-Governor Easley looks so innocent andhe knew he had his co-worker make up tose boggus papers..We all have our opinion,but that don't makae it right. I think all the 20 prisioner should be let out and get the freakin job done. Mind your own business and live. Society really judge people like they have a place to put them. you just don't realize how many crazy child molester and freaks teachers are out there.. same thing just a woman.I think womam that rape men should just as much hard times and the men does. ok enough is said and my prayers are to the convicts.Just do the right thing,keep your mind leveled at all times
  • by Anonymous on Oct 29, 2009 at 07:40 AM
    EVERYBODY NEEDS A SECOND CHANCE GOD GAVE US A SECOND CHANCE SO WE SHOULD GIVE OTHER PEOPLE A SECOND CHANCE
  • by Concerned Location: Ahoskie on Oct 26, 2009 at 02:26 PM
    Letting out these convicted murders and rapist is WRONG!! They dont need to be free and come into our society. They need to stay in prison and never see the light of day again!! I hope and pray something can be done so they will remain behind bars!!!!!!
  • by Anonymous on Oct 26, 2009 at 07:48 AM
    What is really scary is that most in for murder were Parole Eligible some as soon as 10 years after admission to DOC. http://www.doc.state.nc.us/NEWS/2009/Bowden_Inmates.pdf
  • by what? on Oct 26, 2009 at 07:38 AM
    Good behavior? If they had any good behavior in them at all, they wouldn't be in prison in the first place. Maybe these idiots who come with laws that serve as loopholes for these criminals will learn their lesson.
  • by MadMax Location: Tarboro on Oct 26, 2009 at 07:27 AM
    justice has no balls any more, you get more time for dealing drugs and dwi convictions (which are serious crimes) but murderers and rapists living amongst us is just messed up
  • by john Location: kinston on Oct 26, 2009 at 07:08 AM
    wait a min seaborn killed a nchp was put on death row that was took back and now he's doing life shouldn't that be good enought for that no good scum im quite sure that officer didn't want death row put our tax payers money to use for a change keep these scums where they belong
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