Killer who escaped from NC prison farm captured

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James Ladd

TILLERY, N.C. — A convicted murder who escaped from a prison farm in Halifax County has been captured.

Around 11:30 a.m. Thursday, the N.C. Department of Public Safety announced 51-year-old James Ladd was captured by corrections officers and ALE agents in Halifax County.

Corrections officials said Ladd was found “not far” from the prison farm where he escaped on Sunday.

“Additional details will follow as soon as they are available,” officials said.

Authorities previously said Ladd escaped while working outside the minimum-security Tillery Correctional Center.  A tractor he had been operating on the prison farm Sunday morning was found abandoned on the farm shortly before noon that day. 

Ladd was serving three consecutive life sentences in connection with the robbery and shooting deaths of two men on a Yadkin County farm in 1981.