Officials say inmate who escaped correctional center is back in custody

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MCALESTER, Okla. – Officials with the Oklahoma Department of Corrections say an inmate who walked away from a minimum security prison on Wednesday morning is back in custody.

Around 3:15 a.m. on Wednesday, staff members at the Jackie Brannon Correctional Center learned that 39-year-old Kenneth A. Laws was missing. Officials say he did not show up for work at the prison’s kitchen.

Laws is serving a five-year sentence in the minimum-security prison for eluding an officer.

Investigators say Laws walked away from a halfway house in October, and was recaptured 12 days later. Once he was taken back into custody, he was transferred to the correctional center.

Officials say Laws was found southeast of Stuart, which is about 20 miles east of McAlester.

Authorities believe Laws stole a truck in McAlester, but it broke down near Stuart.

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