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Robert Stephens

Rank: Guard
Department: Spartanburg County Detention Facility
Institution: Spartanburg County Detention Facility , SC
EOW: 10/26/1914

Guard Robert Stephens was killed after being struck on the head with a pick ax as he supervised a chain gang doing roadwork south of Arkwright, South Carolina. After knocking the guard unconscious, the inmate then stole two pistols and $40 in cash from Guard Stephens' pocket before fleeing. The man was arrested in New Orleans, Louisiana, the following year and returned to Spartanburg County and charged with Guard Stephens' murder. The inmate who was serving a life sentence for murder was convicted of Guard Stephens' murder and sentenced to death. His sentence was later commuted to life.

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