Escaped N.C. inmate back in custody; prison worker charged with aiding fugitive

LEXINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Authorities say an inmate who escaped from a North Carolina prison has been recaptured.

State prisons spokeswoman Pamela Walker said in a news release early Monday that Kristopher McNeil was behind bars at the Davidson County Jail.

Authorities have said McNeil, 29, of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, escaped Saturday. He was serving a sentence for second-degree murder. On Sunday, a 33-year-old prison kitchen worker was charged with helping him escape.

Police charged Kendra Lynette Miller, 33, with sex with an inmate, providing an electronic device to an inmate, harboring a fugitive and aiding and abetting a fugitive. (Photo via WAVY-TV 10)
Police charged Kendra Lynette Miller, 33, with sex with an inmate, providing an electronic device to an inmate, harboring a fugitive and aiding and abetting a fugitive. (Photo via WAVY-TV 10)

Walker says citizens recognized McNeil from media reports and called law enforcement. She says he was picked up walking along a road near the Davidson/Forsyth County line in central North Carolina, more than 80 miles north of Polkton, where he’d been incarcerated in the Brown Creek Correctional Institution.

Prison officials say McNeil is believed to have scaled the fence at the prison’s minimum-security unit.

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