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Inmate captured after fleeing community program in Mobile

January 19, 2021 GMT

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — An inmate serving time on a drug conviction was captured after escaping from a community-based prison program in Mobile early Tuesday, the Department of Corrections said.

Michael Lee Jones, 53, was discovered missing from a work center in the port city at 2 a.m., the agency said. He was arrested almost nine hours later at Interstate 65 south, but details weren’t immediately available.

Jones was sentenced to 35 years in 1998 after being convicted of distributing drugs in Talladega County. He was considered a minimum-security inmate.