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Marion Prison Camp Inmate Sentenced for Escape

November 4, 2011

An inmate from the Federal Prison Camp at Marion, Illinois, was sentenced today in United States District Court in Benton to an additional 18 months in prison for escaping from that minimum security facility on February 11, 2011, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced. Vincent Grays, 31, had previously pled guilty to the escape charge on July 18, 2011. At the time of the escape, Grays was serving a 120 month sentence for distributing crack cocaine and the 18 month sentence was imposed consecutively to that term of imprisonment.

Evidence introduced in support of the guilty plea and sentence showed that Grays and two other inmates left the prison camp on foot and were picked up by a vehicle driven by a girlfriend of one of the inmates. When a Williamson County Sheriff’s Department deputy attempted to perform a traffic stop on the vehicle, a high-speed pursuit followed that reached speeds well in excess of 100 m.p.h. Following that pursuit, the three inmates fled from the car on foot. Grays was taken into custody a short time later by USP-Marion correctional officers who had been alerted to the escape. The two other inmates have also pled guilty to escape charges.

In addition to the 18 months term of imprisonment, Grays was ordered to pay a total of $200 in fines and special assessments and was placed on a 3 year term of supervised release to follow his incarceration.

The case was investigated by the United States Marshal’s Service, the Federal Bureau of Prisons, the Williamson County Sheriff’s Department, and the Marion Police Department.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney James M. Cutchin.








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