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Barefoot Transferred To Raleigh's Central Prison Following Recapture

Posted November 10, 2004

— Escapee William Barefoot's run from the law is over.

Barefoot, 40, escaped from the Hoke County Jail more than two weeks ago.

Authorities captured Barefoot in Gastonia Tuesday afternoon after he showed up at someone's door asking to use the phone.

Sometime before midnight, Barefoot was taken to Central Prison in Raleigh for what corrections officials call reprocessing.

Barefoot is being held solitary confinement until he goes before a commitee that will decide which prison he will go to next. Officials at Central Prison said on Wednesday that the hearing could be a week or more away.

A lot of people are relieved to have Barefoot back behind bars

"It just about exhausted all our manpower, just about all the manpower of the state Bureau of Investigation in the Fayetteville area," said Jay Tilley of the SBI.

For Barefoot's children, the experience has been emotionally tiresome. They spoke exclusively to WRAL.

"We feel very relieved and we love him," daughter Miranda Barefoot said.

"We understand why he did what he did. He wanted to see his family one last time," Michael Barefoot said.

Barefoot's actions will make that a lot harder to do. Authorities in several counties are lining up to file charges against him.

"We're going to charge him with felonious breaking and entering, two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon, and two counts of first-degree kidnapping," Cumberland County Sheriff Moose Butler said.

Barefoot faces one count of larceny by motor vehicle, two counts of assault on a government official and felony jail break in Hoke County. Charges are also expected in Gaston County.

Miranda and Michael Barefoot said they are ready to face the consequences of their father's actions as a family.

"All this trauma has brought us closer together," Michael Barefoot said.

Authorities said Barefoot had two guns in a backpack that were stolen from a Gastonia residence. They also found other items on him that have authorities believing Barefoot received some help along the way.

Barefoot was serving an 84-year sentence for shooting a Scotland County sheriff's officer in 2001. He escaped from the Hoke County Jail on Oct. 25 after overpowering a jailer and stealing a Ford Explorer.

Last week, Barefoot broke into two homes in Cumberland County and was believed to be heading toward Chapel Hill to visit a sick relative.

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