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Suspect in NC triple homicide has violent past

FAYETTEVILLE, NC (AP) – North Carolina prison records show a violent past for a man police plan to charge with three counts of first-degree murder following a break-in that left five people shot and stabbed.

State Correction Department records show 44-year-old Shawn Lee Legrand spent 23 years in prison for violent crimes before his release in July. Legrand was convicted of assault inflicting serious injury, robbery and burglary for 1987 crimes and had his sentence extended while in prison for another assault with a deadly weapon offense.

Fayetteville police and arrest warrants accuse Legrand of breaking into a home early Saturday, then tying up his victims before shooting or stabbing them. Police say Legrand was taken to a local hospital after he was shot and wounded.

Police have not disclosed a motive.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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