Fitzgibbons back in custody


Brittney Lofthouse – Contributing Writer

After escaping custody on Tuesday afternoon, Kaitlin Fitzgibbons was re-arrested on Thursday afternoon by the Macon County Sheriff’s Office. 

Fitzgibbons had just been sentenced to four months of active jail time, as Judge Bill Coward had rescinded a 90-96 plea. In North Carolina, NCGS 90-96 provides options for a conditional discharge for certain drug crimes for first time drug crime offenders. Following the sentence, Fitzgibbons was escorted outside of the Macon County Courthouse on Tuesday afternoon. While a detention officer unlocked the transport van, Fitzgibbon slipped loose of one of the handcuffs, which were handcuffed in the front of her body and escaped on foot. 

A search was immediately launched and a perimeter established. Law enforcement was able to follow up on several leads by members of the community, which lead to Fitzgibbons being captured Thursday morning. In addition to Fitzgibbons, Richard Owens was also taken into custody for aiding her. 

Fitzgibbons was already facing felony counts of possession of stolen goods as well as felony possession of ginseng and felony larceny as well as pending felony possession of methamphetamine. She now faces additional felony charges for fleeing custody. 

Fitzgibbons and Owens were taken in front of Superior Court Judge Bill Coward on Friday to receive a bond for their new charges.  Fitzgibbons is being held on a $200,000 bond and Owens is being held on a $30,000 bond.