Fugitive missing a year found doing time in Tennessee prison

August 01, 1993|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Staff Writer

A 21-year-old man who walked away from the Carroll County Detention Center in July 1992 was found recently in Tennessee, according to Sheriff John Brown.

Joseph Junior Hudson III was convicted of theft over $300 and driving on a suspended license and sentenced to three years in jail in February 1992.

Hudson was placed on a work-release program in June of last year and walked away from the detention center about 8 a.m. July 23, 1992 on the pretense of seeking a job. When he failed to return by 4 p.m., he was classified as an escaped criminal and entered on the National Crime Information Center NCIC list of wanted criminals.

The center provides information nationwide on wanted criminals, well as property such as vehicles, weapons and other identifiable articles that have been stolen.

Eventually the escapee was discovered serving time for burglary in Jefferson County, Tenn., under the alias of Joe Davis.

The sheriff declined to explain how Hudson's identity and whereabouts were determined.

Authorities were told that Hudson had attempted to escape from the Tennessee prison, but was caught in the razor wire at the top of the fence around the institution. He was not charged with attempted escape but was released to Carroll County authorities after serving about six months on the burglary charge.

Hudson has been placed in a segregation cell at the detention center, where he will remain until he returns to the courtroom for trial on escape charges, Sheriff Brown said.

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