Former Fort Bragg soldier who murdered teen found dead in his cell

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Monday, October 24, 2016
Christopher Blackett appears in court back in 2011.
Christopher Blackett appears in court back in 2011.

POLKTON, NC (WTVD) -- A former Fort Bragg soldier who was serving a more than 26-year sentence for killing a 17-year-old neighbor in 2011 has been found dead in his prison cell.

The North Carolina Department of Public Safety said 25-year-old Christopher Blackett's death appears to be a suicide.

Blackett pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder in August for the killing Vincent Carlisle II of Spring Lake.

Blackett's co-defendant, 25-year-old Sebastian Gamez of Hidalgo, Texas, is still awaiting trial.

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