David Sweat, the inmate whose prison escape in New York led to a three-week manhunt that ended yesterday near the Canadian border, wasn't the only prisoner on the lam this weekend.
In North Carolina, law enforcement officials were also in search for a convicted murderer who escaped Friday evening from the Brown Creek Correctional Institution, a minimum-level prison in Polkton.
The hunt for Kristopher McNeil, 29, ended yesterday at around 11 p.m., after citizens recognized him walking along Old Highway 52 near the Davidson/Forsyth County border. After his capture, McNeil was booked at the Davidson County Jail. He is scheduled to be transferred to Central Prison in Raleigh.
Brown Creek food service officer Kendra Lynette Miller, 33, has been charged with sex with an inmate, providing an electronic device to an inmate, harboring a fugitive and abetting a fugitive. Her bond was set at $500,000.
McNeil was serving a 14-year sentence for second degree murder. He was scheduled for release in 2018. Officials discovered him missing shortly after midnight Saturday morning. They believe he scaled a fence surrounding the prison and fled.
"We appreciate the many law enforcement agencies working closely by the department's side working to get McNeil back in custody," George Solomon, director of prisons, said in a statement. "We are especially grateful to the citizens who called in tips and anyone who aided in his capture without anyone getting hurt."