Police capture inmate who escaped 23 years ago

Stanley Lee Rogers, 63, was caught Wednesday in South Carolina

By Alex Lang
The Sun News (Myrtle Beach, S.C.)

AYNOR, S.C. — A man who spent more than 20 years eluding capture after escaping from a North Carolina prison was found in Aynor.

Horry County Sheriff’s Office officials say Stanley Lee Rogers, 63, was caught Wednesday at a William Nobles Road residence in South Carolina.

Investigators say in 1994 a judge sentenced Rogers to 40 years in prison in connection to an armed robbery in Carteret County, North Carolina. Rogers was at the Wilkes Correctional Center in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, until he escaped in 1996 while mowing the grass.

He served about three years of his four-decade sentence.

An Horry County Sheriff’s Office deputy, who is part of the U.S. Marshals Service task force, received a tip from a counterpart in Raleigh, North Carolina that started the investigation.

Members of the Horry County Sheriff’s Office, Myrtle Beach police and Horry County police assisted with Rogers’ arrest.

Rogers was also sentenced to 25 years in prison after being convicted of kidnapping in 1979, according to North Carolina prison records.

©2019 The Sun News (Myrtle Beach, S.C.)

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