Prosecutors seek death penalty for inmates charged in failed prison escape

Prosecutors want the death penalty for four inmates accused of killing four prison workers during an escape attempt

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (WVEC) -- District Attorney Andrew Womble is seeking the death penalty against at least three inmates charged with killing four correctional workers at the Pasquotank Correctional Institution in October.

Two prison employees killed, several injured in NC escape attempt

According to police, the inmates started a fire in the prison's sewing plant around 3 p.m. on Oct. 12 in an attempt to escape.

READ MORE: Grand jury indicts inmates charged in prison workers' murders

None of the criminals were able to get past the prison yards.

Many people were injured during the chaos and four correctional employees died, leaving the prison even more understaffed than it already was. 

The hearing for the fourth inmate, Jonathan Monk, is expected for 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday. 

All four suspects are charged with:

  • 4 counts of first degree murder
  • 1 count of attempted murder
  • 5 counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill
  • 1 count of felony riot
  • 1 count of burning a building
  • 1 count of attempted escape from prison
  • 1 count of misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon

Stay with 13News Now for more details on the case.

SEE ALSO: 4th employee dies from Pasquotank attempted prison break

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