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Oklahoma inmate disappears from minimum security prison

2 years 1 month 3 weeks ago Wednesday, April 24 2019 Apr 24, 2019 April 24, 2019 12:18 PM April 24, 2019 in News - AP Texas Headlines

McALESTER, OKLA. (AP) - The Oklahoma Department of Corrections says an inmate has escaped for a second time in less than nine months after apparently walking away from the minimum security Jackie Brannon Correctional Center in McAlester.

A DOC news release says 39-year-old Kenneth Laws was reported missing about 3:15 a.m. Wednesday when he failed to show up for work in the prison kitchen.

The DOC says Laws also walked away from an Oklahoma City halfway house on Oct. 5 and was recaptured by U.S. marshals 12 days later in Newton, Texas.

Corrections department records show Laws was serving a five-year sentence for eluding police in Atoka County and court records show he is charged with escape for leaving the halfway house in October.

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