Report: Another convicted murderer escapes, again with the help of female correctional worker

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Convicted murderer Kristopher McNeil (right) is back behind bars after scaling the wall of Brown Creek Correctional Institution in Polkton, North Carolina early Sunday, June 28, 2015.

Convicted murderer Kristopher McNeil (right) is back behind bars after scaling the wall of Brown Creek Correctional Institution in Polkton, North Carolina early Sunday, June 28, 2015.

POLKTON, N.C. — Another convicted murderer escaped from prison, with the help of a correctional officer with whom he was having sex, authorities say. This time the drama unfolded in North Carolina.

Kristopher McNeil, 29, serving a 14-year sentence for second-degree murder, scaled the wall of Brown Creek Correctional Institution in Polkton early Sunday.

Residents recognized him Sunday night from his photo in media reports and called authorities, who picked him up as he walked along Highway 52 near the Davidson and Forsyth county line. McNeil is being taken to Central Prison in Raleigh, according to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety.

On Monday, Polkton police charged correctional officer Kendra Lynette Miller, 33, with having sex with an inmate, providing an electronic device to an inmate, harboring a fugitive and aiding and abetting a fugitive. Her bond is set at $500,000. She had been a food service worker at Brown Creek since December, the Department of Public Safety said.

“We appreciate the many law enforcement agencies working closely by the department’s side working to get McNeil back in custody,” said George Solomon, director of prisons. “We are especially grateful to the citizens who called in tips and anyone who aided in his capture without anyone getting hurt.”

McNeil’s prison break comes in the wake of the killing of Richard Matt and capture of David Sweat. Those two killers orchestrated an elaborate escape in early June from Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York.

Matt was shot and killed Friday; Sweat was shot Sunday and remains in critical condition.

Joyce Mitchell, a former employee at the Clinton facility’s tailor shop, has been charged in connection with Sweat and Matt’s escape.

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  • The Decider

    All of these people seem to think they are going to get away with escaping and helping others escape. Sure, your life sucks, so maybe you break the rules and do something that makes you feel wanted, its breaking the law and exciting and new. But you will be caught. The odds of escaping and getting away successfully are slim. And on top of escaping, staying out of sight and making it to another country without being extradited later, is slim chances too. The workers who help these people escape are literally throwing away their lives for nothing.

  • Wallus

    I keep thinking the military should run the prisons and rotate personnel on short term stints to counter corruption.

    • wowjustwow

      …I guess the better question is, is she a “correctional officer” or a “food service worker”. I’m confused.

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