Death of inmate from Cleveland Co. ruled homicide

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCT) — The NC Department of Adult Correction has ruled a 2023 death that happened at Tyrrell Prison Work Farm a homicide.

Officials said Michael F. Crumbley was assaulted by other prisoners at the correctional facility near the town of Columbia on June 9, 2023. He died five days later in a hospital. According to the N.C. Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, in its final report released Monday, the incident was ruled a homicide.

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Officials continue to investigate. No arrests have been made. The Department of Adult Correction has 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 facility in Columbia, officials said Tuesday.

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