Escaped State Inmate Captured in Jonesboro Early This Morning

AUGUST 4, 2004 - Posted at 7:44 a.m. CDT

JONESBORO, AR - Police recaptured an inmate early this morning who had escaped from a prison system work crew working at the Arkansas State University campus yesterday.

Prison officials said Craighead County police found 23-year-old James T. Hall walking along the side of the road in Jonesboro at about two o'clock this morning.  He had four months until he was eligible for parole.  Hall had escaped by taking a black pick-up truck that had the keys left in the ignition.  He was serving two-and-a-half years for second-degree battery and aggravated assault convictions from Craighead County and a theft of property charge from Poinsett County.

Prison spokeswoman Dina Tyler said the work crew was based in Mississippi County and was cleaning a ditch on the Arkansas State campus, in Craighead County, when Hall escaped.

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