Crime

Soldier convicted of Harnett County murder dies in prison cell

An inmate mops the floor inside a restricted housing unit at Lanesboro Correctional Institution in Polkton. Another inmate at Lanesboro reportedly killed himself Sunday. It was the sixth inmate suicide in the state prisons so far this year.
An inmate mops the floor inside a restricted housing unit at Lanesboro Correctional Institution in Polkton. Another inmate at Lanesboro reportedly killed himself Sunday. It was the sixth inmate suicide in the state prisons so far this year. jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com

A former Fort Bragg soldier who was convicted of murder in the 2011 death of a Spring Lake teenager was found dead in his cell Sunday at the state’s Lanesboro Correctional Institution, state public safety officials said.

Prison workers were unable to resuscitate Christopher Blackett, 25, after finding him in the afternoon, spokesman Keith Acree said Monday.

Blackett was convicted Aug. 23 of killing Vincent Carlisle II, 17, on Aug. 14, 2011.

He also was convicted of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, and was given consecutive sentences that would have run until June 2043.

Acree said Blackett was from California when he joined the Army.

Ron Gallagher: 919-829-4572, @RPGKT

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