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Escaped N. Carolina convict back in custody

Police in North Carolina caught a convicted killer late Sunday night, a day after he is believed to have scaled the fence at the minimum-security unit of Brown Creek Correctional Institution, about 45 miles east of Charlotte.

Kristopher McNeil, 29, of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, was serving a sentence for second-degree murder. He was convicted in 2009 and was scheduled for release in 2018.

NcNeil was taken back into custody late Sunday evening in Davidson County, after being spotted walking along a highway. There were reported sightings of him in the area earlier Sunday, and local law enforcement officers told WFMY he may have been getting help from family or acquaintances before he was caught.

"Several citizens recognized him from his photo in media reports and called law enforcement," the North Carolina Department of Public Safety said early Monday morning in a statement.

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

Kendra Lynette Miller
Kendra Lynette Miller faces multiple charges connected to the escape of Kristopher McNeil. WBTV

Earlier Sunday, a kitchen worker at the North Carolina prison was charged with helping McNeil escape. Kendra Lynette Miller, 33, faces multiple charges connected to his bid for freedom.

Polkton police charged Miller with harboring a fugitive and aiding and abetting a fugitive. She's also charged with having sex with an inmate and providing a cellphone. An Anson County Jail official said she did not have a lawyer. Her bond was set at $500,000, prison officials said.

Miller and McNeil are believed to have worked in the prison kitchen together, state prisons spokeswoman Pamela Walker said. Miller began working at the prison in December.

McNeil agreed to plead guilty to second-degree murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon after initially being charged with first-degree murder, the Winston-Salem Journal reported in 2009. He killed Lancelot "Bobby" Muir, 44, who was found shot to death along a creek near his girlfriend's home. Muir was awaiting trial on cocaine trafficking charges at the time of his death.

Details of the escape came as law officers shot and captured the second of two convicted murderers who broke out of a maximum-security prison in northern New York three weeks ago.

Prosecutors said Joyce Mitchell, a prison tailoring shop instructor at the Clinton Correctional Facility who got close to the men while working with them, was charged with promoting prison contraband, which authorities said included hacksaw blades and chisels. She agreed to be their getaway driver after their escape, but backed out. Mitchell has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

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