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The desperados

Last October four prisoners tried to break out of the Pasquotank Correctional Institution in North Carolina. They failed but a newly released autopsy report says they used hammers and half a pair of scissors on four guards who died.

Justin Smith, 35, was the only guard overseeing 30 prisoners when inmates attacked; his body was found near the sewing plant’s door to a hallway. Sewing plant manager Veronica Darden, 50, was killed in a hallway to a freight elevator. Correctional Officer Wendy Shannon, 49, was killed in a loading dock by inmates tugging carts of tools for their escape attempt. Maintenance worker Geoffrey Howe, 31, died three weeks after suffering extensive brain and skull injuries.