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Lincoln County escapee caught in S.C.

JENNA-LEY HARRISON
Staff Writer

South Carolina authorities apprehended a Lincoln County inmate Thursday night accused of fleeing from a work release program in Lincolnton earlier that afternoon.
Conway Police located Ronald Billings, 38, just before 10 p.m., several hours after he fled from the work site, various news media outlets have reported.
Billings was serving time at Lincoln Correctional Center, a minimum-security prison located on Roper Drive in Lincolnton.
He was set to be released in 2015, seven years after a judge convicted him of forgery, breaking and entering and other property-related crimes, outlets have said.
Following the man’s escape from the area just before 3 p.m., the North Carolina Department of Corrections asked the public to contact the agency or local police department with any information they may have had on his whereabouts.
After S.C. police found Billings, they placed him in the Horry County jail.
Delora Miller has been charged with helping him flee.
Lincoln Correctional Center, established in the 1930s, additionally houses prisoners from neighboring counties. The inmates serve on Department of Transportation road squads, according to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety.

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