Revised on: 11.11.2018 at 04:06 p.m.
Posted on: 11.9.2018 at 11:48 a.m.
UPDATED 3:50 p.m.
A New Hanover County man convicted of murder was stabbed to death Friday at the Columbus Correctional Unit.
Jerry Higgins of the N.C. Department of Public Safety said Gregory “Sincere” Adams, 35, was stabbed in the neck around 7:55 a.m. He was transported to Columbus Regional, where he was pronounced dead.
The prison at Brunswick remained on lockdown throughout the day Friday while authorities investigated the incident. Adams was found in his cell during a bed check, according to officials.
The incident is under investigation by the sheriff’s office, SBI and Corrections. A suspect in the case has not been publicly identified.
Adams was convicted of first degree murder on Aug. 27, 2015 in New Hanover County. He had a projected release date of Nov. 11, 2032. Adams was transferred to the Columbus facility in July.
Adams was arrested in 2012 after shooting a teenaged boy five times while high on PCP. He was convicted of attempted murder in 2015, and sentenced to 20 to 25 years in prison, according to New Hanover County court records.
When the victim died from his injuries in 2016, Adams was charged with murder, and would have served an additional 20 years for that crime had he not been killed Friday.
While incarcerated in the New Hanover County Detention Center during his 2017 trial, Adams was undergoing an XRay for a medical procedure when a technician found a pair of eyeglasses with a sharpened paperclip concealed in Adams’ crotch. He was charged with possession of a weapon by an inmate for that crime.
Adams was convicted in 1999 of possession of a firearm on a school campus and possession of a firearm by a minor, along with drug offenses. He was given a suspended sentence. In 2002, he was charged with filing a false report with police.
The killing was the second in the county and city in a week, and the fourth since September.