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UPDATE: Escaped inmate caught Wednesday afternoon

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Kenneth A. Laws
Kenneth A. Laws

MCALESTER — An Oklahoma Department of Corrections inmate is back in custody after he fled from a minimum-security prison Wednesday morning.

Officials said Kenneth A. Laws, 39, was reported missing about 3:15 a.m. after he failed to show up to work in the kitchen of the Jackie Brannon Correctional Center, a minimum-security prison for men, according to a news release.

Authorities located Laws about 3 p.m. Wednesday just south of Stuart, which is about 20 miles east of McAlester. Officials said they believe Laws stole a pickup in McAlester and made it to Stuart before the pickup broke down.

Laws is currently serving a sentence out of Atoka County for eluding a police officer.

Officials said Laws also walked away from an Oklahoma City halfway house on Oct. 5. He was later captured by the U.S. Marshal Service in Newton, Texas, and moved to the correctional center.


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