Judge denies bond for N.C. inmate captured in Aynor after 23 years on the run

Judge denies bond for N.C. inmate captured in Aynor after 23 years on the run

CONWAY, S.C. (WMBF) – Bond was denied Thursday for a North Carolina fugitive who was recaptured in Horry County after more than 20 years on the run.

Stanley Lee Rogers will remain in Horry County’s custody until authorities with the North Carolina Department of Corrections come and pick him up, the judge said during the brief court appearance.

The prosecution said the process of extraditing Rogers back to N.C. is 20 days. In the event he is not picked up within that time frame, he is set free unless there is some other reason to hold him, according to the code of laws.

According to the North Carolina Department of Corrections, Rogers was sentenced in 1994 to 40 years in prison on an armed robbery charge. Authorities said Rogers escaped about three years into his sentence while working as an inmate mowing grass.

Left to Right: Stanley Rogers mugshot from the North Carolina Department of Corrections in the 90s, Stanley Rogers during his arrest on Wednesday
Left to Right: Stanley Rogers mugshot from the North Carolina Department of Corrections in the 90s, Stanley Rogers during his arrest on Wednesday (Source: Horry County Sheriff's Office)

Rogers was arrested Wednesday at a home on William Nobles Road in Aynor.

Charles Shelley lives across the street from Rogers and was shocked to hear the news.

“We just don’t never know where we live or who’s around us,” said Shelley

Shelley has known Rogers since he moved to the area around three years ago. He said Rogers would always smile and lend a helping hand.

“I was shocked, I mean I really was," he said. "I mean, a guy I wouldn’t of thought had anything that would have been disturbing.”

Shelley’s grandson CJ also had several interactions with Rogers and he too said Rogers was always kind.

“I had a dog get sick and he would always come over and check on my dog, see how he was doing, checked on me couple days afterward," CJ said. "As far as a neighbor, he was as good as a neighbor as you can ask for.”

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