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State seeking escapee from Hoke prison

Posted March 22, 2011 12:34 p.m. EDT
Updated March 23, 2011 6:04 a.m. EDT

— A man who helped an inmate escape from Hoke Correctional Institution was arrested Tuesday by Wake County Sheriff's deputies.

A spokeswoman for the North Carolina Department of Correction said James Scott Lipham was charged with harboring a fugitive.

Lipham picked up William Robert Emory, 37, outside the Hoke County prison Sunday after Emory jumped a fence at the  minimum-custody facility near Raeford, authorities said.

Emory was serving a two-year, three-month sentence for obtaining property by false pretense. He was scheduled for release on May 30, according to Department of Correction records. He has family in Apex and Holly Springs and may be in the Triangle, authorities said.

Emory is not considered dangerous, but DOC records show a lengthy criminal history, with forgery, fraud and larceny convictions dating back to 1991.

He previously escaped from prison in 1998, according to DOC records.

Authorities said Lipham was cooperating and that he did not know where Emory went after the two parted ways.