LUMBERTON, N.C. (AP) — Joe Freeman Britt Sr., once dubbed the world’s deadliest district attorney for his ability to obtain death sentences, is dead at the age of 80.
Britt died Wednesday of natural causes following an illness, Joe Bounds, the funeral director at Floyd Mortuary, said Friday.
Local media outlets report Britt won 47 death sentences, although not all were carried out, while district attorney in Robeson and Scotland counties from 1974 until 1988. He then served as a Superior Court judge until 1997 and retired from the law in 2006.
Britt held a law license for 53 years.
The Guinness Book of World Records once declared Britt the world’s deadliest prosecutor. In 1988 People Magazine reported he was responsible for 4 percent of the nation’s death row inmates.