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Offender's death ruled a homicide

An offender's death in June 2023 has been ruled a homicide, according to the N.C. Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, which issued its final report Monday.


Offender Michael F. Crumbley (#0094464) was assaulted by other offenders at Tyrrell Prison Work Farm on June 9, 2023. He died five days later at an outside medical facility. 


The State Bureau of Investigation and the Tyrrell County Sheriff’s Department continue to investigate the incident. The Department of Adult Correction has fully cooperated with those investigations and launched an internal investigation.

Crumbley, 58, was serving a 12-year sentence for a 2018 conviction in Cleveland County as a habitual felon and for drug possession. His projected release date was Jan. 7, 2026. He was a minimum custody offender at the prison in Columbia.

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