Escaped NC convict captured, behind bars in Davidson County Jail

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DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. — A convict who escaped from a North Carolina prison over the weekend is now behind bars at the Davidson County Jail.

Davidson County deputies picked up Kristopher Antonio McNeil, 29, after several people reported seeing him walking along Old Highway 52 near Hickory Tree Road near the Davidson/Forsyth county line, just before 11 p.m. Sunday.

McNeil climbed a fence and escaped the Brown Creek Correctional Institution in Polkton, located between Fayetteville and Charlotte, over the weekend.

He was discovered missing shortly after midnight Saturday, according to authorities.

McNeil was serving a 14-year sentence for second-degree murder and was scheduled for release in 2018.

A correctional officer at the prison faces multiple charges in connection to the convict’s escape.

Kendra Lynette Miller, 33, allegedly gave the escaped inmate a ride after he climbed the fence.

Miller faces charges of sex with an inmate, providing an electronic device to an inmate, harboring a fugitive and aiding and abetting a fugitive.

Miller has been a food service officer at the facility where McNeil escaped since December 2014. She’s been jailed under a $500,000 bond.

“We appreciate the many law enforcement agencies working closely by the department’s side, working to get McNeil back in custody,” said George Solomon, the 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 was placed in the Davidson County Jail under a $1 million secured bond. His next court appearance is scheduled for July 7 in Anson County.

McNeil has been turned over to the N.C. Department of Correction and is scheduled to be taken to Central Prison in Raleigh.