A murderer escapes from prison with some help from a prison worker in a new report out this week.
According to People Magazine, Kristopher Antonio McNeil escaped from Brown Creek Correctional Institute in Polkton, North Carolina, this weekend, with the help of a woman named Kendra Lynette Miller, 33. Evidently the two were in some kind of relationship, and even slept together before McNeil took off.
Fortunately, police caught up with McNeil just 36 hours after his escape, and were able to arrest him. Witnesses saw him walking on a highway, recognized him, and quickly notified police. He was taken into custody without incident. He was reportedly taken to the Central Prison in Raleigh.
Meanwhile, Miller has been charged with harboring a fugitive, aiding and abetting a fugitive, and having sex with an inmate. Her bond has been set at $500,000, according to WCVB.
Corrections officer Kendra Lynette Miller, 33, has been arrested for helping inmate Kristopher McNeil escape. pic.twitter.com/fvHv95dRhd
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“Unprofessional conduct by correctional staff will not be tolerated. We will pursue criminal charges and support prosecution to the fullest extent of the law,” said state Prisons Director George Solomon.
When a murderer escapes with help from someone working inside a correctional facility, there are a lot of moving pieces in play. This story is quite similar to one that sprouted a couple of weeks ago. As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Richard Matt and David Sweat escaped from a prison in New York with the help of at least two prison employees.
Joyce Mitchell has been accused of providing “material support” to both men, and the items she allegedly provided them helped them escape. She is facing eight years in prison for her actions.
Gene Palmer has been arrested in connection with Matt and Sweat’s escape as well. He has been charged with promoting prison contraband, two counts tampering with physical evidence, and one count of official misconduct after he allegedly accepted “gifts” from the inmates before they escaped.
It’s unknown if the murderers escaped with “help” from Palmer, but the Department of Corrections is looking into every piece of potential evidence that they find.
As for Kristopher McNeil, he was serving a 14-year prison sentence after being convicted of second degree murder. At this time, no one else has been charged in aiding his escape.
[Photo courtesy of the North Carolina Department of Corrections via WCVB]