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Escaped inmate captured in Hughes County, DOC says

Kenneth Laws
Posted at 1:02 PM, Apr 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-24 18:30:11-04

MCALESTER, Okla. — Oklahoma Department of Corrections authorities have captured an inmate they say walked away from a minimum-security prison early Wednesday morning.

Officials said Kenneth Laws, 39, was arrested in Hughes County near Stuart.

Laws reportedly went missing around 3:15 a.m. from Jackie Brannon Correctional Center. Staff said Laws did not show up for work at the prison's kitchen.

He is serving a five-year sentence for eluding a police officer. He will likely face additional charges after this incident, and moved to a higher-security prison, officials said.

Officials said Laws also walked away from a halfway house in Oklahoma City on Oct. 5, 2018.

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