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Hoke prison escapee captured in Wilmington

Posted March 28, 2011

— A man who escaped from a Hoke County prison March 20 was back in custody Monday afternoon, according to the North Carolina Department of Correction.

William Robert Emory, 37, was captured at a home on Holly Tree Road in Wilmington at about 4:30 p.m. Monday, police there said.

Emory was serving a two-year, three-month sentence at the Hoke Correctional Institution for obtaining property by false pretense. He was scheduled for release on May 30, according to Department of Correction records.

On March 20, Emory jumped a fence at the minimum-custody facility near Raeford and was picked up by James Scott Lipham, authorities said. 

Lipham was charged three days later with harboring a fugitive.

Emory will be returned to prison and will face charges for escape. It will be his second such charge. His DOC record shows he also escaped from prison in 1998.


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  • Raggs1968 Mar 28, 2011

    Sounds like he did not use all of his "marbles". He was scheduled to be released May 30th but escaped and now has to do more time. Not too smart!

  • SaltlifeLady Mar 28, 2011

    Sounds like this criminal needs to be put into a higher security prison since he keeps escaping!