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Man who escaped prison indicted as 'habitual felon'

Posted August 26, 2010

— A man who escaped from custody in western North Carolina and spent 10 days on the lam before his re-arrest in Raleigh was indicted Thursday in Wake County on a habitual felon charge.

Xavier Hosea Shaw, 45, was serving time for kidnapping and robbery convictions when he escaped June 30 from an inmate crew building an addition to Alexander Correctional Institution in western North Carolina. He hid inside a truck at the work site, authorities said.

Department of Correction staff in Alexander County got a tip that Shaw was in Raleigh and sent a 30-member Prison Emergency Response Team and five K-9 squads to search for him.
Xavier Shaw's mother and sister live in the area, and his sister said they cooperated with the search.

Raleigh police officers captured Shaw on July 11 near New Bern Avenue and New Hope Church Road, nearly 20 miles away from his family's home.

Friday was Shaw’s first court appearance since his capture.


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  • Adelinthe Aug 26, 2010

    Big deal!!!

    It's not like this will get him any longer sentence. It should, but our justice system is so weak in this country, it lets folks like him out every day with only 2-3 years of their sentence served, to prey again on the innocent.

    God bless.


  • sweet4you Aug 26, 2010

    why come back to your hometown? not a smart escapee

  • anne53ozzy Aug 26, 2010

    Although I have no personal knowledge of the system, I think the budget for and the requirements for people who are charged to supervise parolees may need to be examined. I don't think you would have such a revolving door in this state and in the country if more resources were given to programs and more importantly to salaries for those charged with supervision of offenders.

  • cc4042 Aug 26, 2010

    'Needs' and 'eligible for' are 2 different things...in order to obtain the status of Habitual Felon or Violent Habitual Felon, you have to have certain convictions, and there are date requirements as well - and the criteria are different for HF than they are for VHF. I don't know what's on the guy's record, but I'm pretty confident that if he had the convictions for a Violent HF indictment, it would've been done...especially a guy like this, they wanna get him on every charge or status they can get him on.

  • Lead by Example Aug 26, 2010

    I think this guy is a VIOLENT habitual felon, and therefore if convicted of armed robbery would have to get life w/o parole, he deserves it!!

  • lrh07 Aug 26, 2010

    here we go again with a coward DA and judge....he needs life without parole