Correctional Officer Edward Ashley Pounds

Correctional Officer Edward Ashley Pounds

North Carolina Department of Public Safety - Division of Prisons, North Carolina

End of Watch Saturday, January 9, 2010

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Edward Ashley Pounds

Correctional Officer Edward Pounds succumbed to injuries sustained two months earlier when he was assaulted by an inmate at the Neuse Correctional Institution. He was struck several times in the neck by the inmate and sustained serious injuries on November 17, 2009.

On January 6, 2010, he returned to work but became violently ill. He was transported to a hospital and died three days later.

An investigation by the state medical examiner's office determined that Officer Pound's death was the result of the assault and ruled a homicide. The 24 year-old inmate was arrested at his home in Tarboro, five days after his release from prison for auto theft. He was formally charged with murder on February 17, 2011, and is being held in the Wayne County Jail without bond.

On December 4, 2013, the suspect was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 5 years and 11 months in prison. With his credit for time served in the Wayne County Jail he is to be released April 15, 2016. In June of 2014 he was convicted of assault inflicting serious injury stemming from a 2009 unrelated incident in Edgecombe County. He was sentenced to 23 months which changed his release date to March 1, 2018.

Since December 18, 2013, the suspect's prison record reported that he has assaulted prison staff and guards 24 times, damaged state or another's property 23 times, has set 14 fires, tampered with 18 locks, been caught with a weapon seven times, attempted five felonious acts, escaped twice, taken hostages, and has disobeyed orders numerous times. Because of this there have been more charges and convictions and his release date is gradually being changed; now set for July 15, 2018. He was paroled July 15, 2018.

Officer Pounds was a U.S. Air Force veteran and had served with the North Carolina Division of Prisons for three years. He is survived by his wife, daughter, son, and sister.

Bio

  • Age 44
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Incident Date Tuesday, November 17, 2009
  • Weapon Person
  • Offender Sentenced to 5 years and 11 months

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To: The Pounds family and The NC Department of Public Safety - Division of Prisons.
As a member of Law Enforcement United, I have the privilege and honor to ride for Edward A. Pounds this year during the 2019's Police Memorial Week. Members will depart Chesapeake, Virginia en-root to Washington DC. This is a 250 mile, three day bicycle ride to remember and honor the sacrifice of Corrections Officer Pounds. Funds raised for this annual ride will support the COPS foundation and their work to support the families of Officers killed in the line of duty. My deepest condolences to the family, friends, and co workers.

Lieutenant
Henrico County Division of Police

May 1, 2019

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