POLKTON, N.C. — A convict who escaped from a North Carolina prison may be in Forsyth County after a correctional officer helped him escape, according to authorities.
Kristopher Antonio McNeil, 29, from Winston-Salem, apparently climbed a fence at a minimum-security facility over the weekend and got away.
Police said the convict was seen twice in Winston-Salem on Sunday and should be considered dangerous.
He escaped from the Brown Creek Correctional Institution in Polkton, between Fayetteville and Charlotte south of the Uwharrie National Forest.
The convict was discovered missing shortly after midnight Saturday, according to authorities. Officials said he has friends and family in Winston-Salem.
McNeil was serving a 14-year sentence for second-degree murder and was scheduled for release in 2018.
The convict was sentenced to more than 10 years in prison in 2009 in connection to the death of 44-year-old Lancelot “Bobby” Muir.
Muir was found shot dead along the creek in the Ardmore neighborhood behind a Winston-Salem apartment building in 2007. The convict confessed to the murder.
A correctional officer at the prison faces multiple charges in connection to the convict’s escape.
Kendra Lynette Miller, 33, 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 since December 2014 at the facility from which McNeil escaped. She’s been jailed under a $500,000 bond.
“Unprofessional conduct by correctional staff will not be tolerated,” said Prisons Director George Solomon in a prepared statement. “We will pursue criminal charges and support prosecution to the fullest extent of the law.”
McNeil has a criminal record including charges of possessing a firearm by a felon, assault on a public official, resisting an officer and breaking and entering.