Convicted Durham Murderer Who Escaped Sentenced To Life
Posted December 18, 2002 5:08 a.m. EST
DURHAM, N.C. — A convicted killer who escaped from the Durham County Courthouse was sentenced to life without parole Wednesday.
Omar Reed winked as he walked into the courtroom Wednesday afternoon, WRAL reported. The convicted murderer was under heavy guard as several armed officers stood post at the doorways and in the hall.
The Durham County Sheriff's Office increased security after last week's escape. On Friday, Reed used a homemade knife to overpower a guard and escaped. After his escape, the courthouse was placed on lockdown and a manhunt was launched throughout the city.
Six hours later, a tip came in and officers tracked down Reed and arrested him.
The Durham County Sheriff's Office is conducting an internal investigation to determine where things went wrong. Sheriff's officials expect to wrap that up in just a few days.