Home Crime Woman charged with helping inmate escape in Anson County

Woman charged with helping inmate escape in Anson County

WADESBORO — The Anson County Sheriff’s Office has charged a woman in connection to a prisoner’s escape on Wednesday.

Investigators confirmed Thursday evening that 34-year-old Amy Nicole Brigman is accused of helping Stephon J. Easterling in his brief break-away.

Easterling, a Hamlet native who was incarcerated at Anson Correctional Institution, never returned from a break at a work-release job site around 10:20 a.m. April 5, according to the N.C. Department of Adult Correction.

Witnesses reportedly saw Easterling getting into a white car.

Easterling was apprehended around 6:30 p.m. the same day on Leak Street in Rockingham, according to prison officials.

Records with the DAC reflect Easterling’s escape and show that he has been transferred to Central Prison in Raleigh.

State records show Easterling was convicted last September of being a habitual felon, possessing a Schedule II controlled substance, speeding to elude arrest and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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His projected release date was scheduled for Feb. 1, 2024.

Anson County Jail records show Brigman was booked at 6:44 p.m. and charged with one felony count each of harboring an escapee and aiding and abetting. She is being held on a $500,000 secured bond and is scheduled to appear in court April 18.

Records show Brigman’s parole ended on Christmas Day of 2022, having been released in March, following a probation revocation from a 2021 conviction on a felony charge of possession of a Schedule I controlled substance and misdemeanor charges of possession of both a Schedule III and Schedule IV controlled substance.

All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.