Kristopher Antonio McNeil
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North Carolina authorities have recaptured escaped murderer Kristopher Antonio McNeil and brought up a female prison worker on multiple charges, including having sex with the inmate, NBC News reports.

McNeil, 29, is believed to have climbed a fence to escape from a minimum-security unit at Brown Creek Correctional Institute in Polkton, N.C., according to the Associated Press. Officials there discovered on June 27 that he was missing.

The manhunt ended late Sunday. Authorities recaptured McNeil after witnesses, who identified him from news reports, reported seeing him walking along a highway. 

After the arrest, they charged a prison food worker, Kendra Lynette Miller, with several felonies, including having sex with McNeil and aiding his escape. According to NBC News, she gave McNeil a mobile phone.

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Miller, 33, is being held in the Anson County jail on $500,000 bail, awaiting a July 7 hearing.

“Unprofessional conduct by correctional staff will not be tolerated,” North Carolina Prisons Director George Solomon said, according to NBC News. “We will pursue criminal charges and support prosecution to the fullest extent of the law.”

McNeil was in prison for second-degree murder and possession of a firearm as a convicted felon. He was scheduled to be released in 2018.

Read more at NBC News.