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North Carolina female corrections officer killed in brutal assault ‘by a convicted murderer serving life behind bars’

April 29, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
North Carolina female corrections officer killed in brutal assault ‘by a convicted murderer serving life behind bars’

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A female corrections officer was killed in a brutal attack, with the investigation centering on a convicted murderer serving a life sentence.

Craig Wissink, an inmate found guilty of murder in 2004, is believed to be responsible for the killing of Sergeant Meggan Lee Callahan at Bertie Correctional Institution in Windsor, North Carolina on Wednesday.

Callahan, a 29-year-old who worked as a corrections officer for four years, was attacked at approximately 5:30 pm and died less than an hour later, despite life-saving efforts performed by fellow officers, MyFox8 reported.

The woman was promoted to sergeant in February 2016 after she joined the North Carolina Department of Public Safety in 2012.

Craig Wissink, convicted of murder in 2004 and serving a life sentence, is suspected in the death of the prison guard

Friends referred to her as upbeat and devoted to her job.

“She was a very sweet lady,” Ricky Nixon, her landlord, told News&Observer. “Her personality was very jolly.”

Callahan “was always smiling,” but she lived by herself and worked all the time, according to Nixon.

Sgt Meggan Lee Callahan (right) was assaulted Wednesday around 5.30pm

The 35-year-old suspect is serving a life sentence without parole for a home-invasion robbery in 2000 that left one man dead from a bullet to the chest.

He has had six prison violations since 2013, including fighting, interfering with employees, substance possession, and possessing a banned electronic device.

The killer has also spent time practicing his artistic talents in prison, winning first place in a drawing competition for prisoners hosted by Vance-Granville Community College in 2008.

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