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Inmate accidentally released in York Co. returns to NC prison

The convicted murderer who was accidentally released from the York County Detention Center last month is currently in a Windsor, N.C. prison, officials say.

Thomas Aaron Whitlock, 31, who had been serving an 11- to 14-year sentence in North Carolina for murdering a Charlotte man, was returned Thursday to authorities at Bertie Correctional Institute, according to a York County Sheriff’s Office press release.

Whitlock was in York County on Feb. 27 for a crack cocaine possession charge hearing, where he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to the 19 days already served.

He was mistakenly released but recaptured following a four-day manhunt. Authorities found him a few miles south of Dallas, Texas, at his girlfriend’s house. He surrendered.