Gaston County Prison Inmate Captured in Gastonia


An inmate who escaped from the Gaston Correctional Center Friday morning is back in custody after being captured late this afternoon.

Members of the prison staff, along with the Gastonia Police Department, captured Tony Meeks in Gastonia around 5:40 p.m.  

Meeks, who is from Gaston County, now faces escape charges. He will be demoted from the minimum custody facility in Dallas to one of the state’s higher security facilities.

Meeks, 40, was serving a nine-year, 11-month sentence for robbery with a dangerous weapon and was scheduled for release in September 2020.


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