Jun 12, 2017 1:06 PM

Key witness in Nathaniel Kibby case granted parole on scissor stabbing conviction

A woman key to the return of a North Conway teen after she had been kidnapped and held hostage for months has been granted parole.

Lauren Munday, 29, is in prison for first-degree assault after slashing a man with scissors back in 2015.

READ: Nashua woman indicted in alleged scissor-slashing assault

Munday had slept with Nathaniel Kibby back in July 2014. Kibby paid her with counterfeit $50s, which she later got caught using at a Wal-Mart in Maine. She later contacted Kibby, who she knew under a different name.

Authorities believe that call may have been what prompted Kibby to release his 14-year-old victim. Kibby kidnapped the girl Oct. 9, 2013, deciding to release her nine months later. The same month that Munday got caught using the counterfeit $50s.

Munday never faced charges in that incident.

After the assault in 2015, Munday had been charged with violating probation and became a fugitive from justice before authorities caught up with her in May 2016 and arrested her on two warrants, one of them related to the Kibby case.

READ: Female fugitive injures leg jumping from a roof to evade authorities

Kibby has since pleaded guilty and will spend 45-90 in prison.

READ: Nathaniel Kibby pleads guilty, sentenced to 45-90 years in prison

Munday is expected to be released from prison July 25.

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