Marion Prison Camp Inmate Sentenced for Escape
An inmate from the Federal Prison Camp at Marion, Illinois, was sentenced today in United States District Court in Benton to an additional 12 months in prison for escaping from that minimum security facility on April 10, 2011. Thomas C. Stevens, 26, had previously pled guilty to the escape charge on October 7, 2011. At the time of the escape, Stevens was serving a 120 month sentence for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine, cocaine, ecstasy, and methamphetamine and 12 month sentence was imposed consecutively to that term of imprisonment.
Evidence introduced in support of the guilty plea and sentence showed that on the evening of April 10th, Williamson County sheriff’s deputies located two bags containing numerous items of contraband hidden in a ditch near the prison grounds. Deputies left the items where they were found, but set up surveillance on that location. A short time later, Stevens, who had left the prison grounds on foot, approached the ditch and walked directly to the concealed bags and picked them up. Deputies then identified themselves. Stevens began to flee, but stopped when additional deputies identified themselves and ordered him to stop. The two large duffel bags contained 5 bottles of alcohol, 79 packages of tobacco, cigarette rolling papers, food, clothing, and personal hygiene items. At sentencing, Stevens admitted that intended to smuggle the items back into the prison and sell them to other inmates.
In addition to the 12 month term of imprisonment, Stevens was ordered to pay a total of $150 in fines and special assessments and was placed on a 2 year term of supervised release to follow his incarceration.
The case was investigated by the United States Marshal’s Service, the Williamson County Sheriff’s Department, and the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney James M. Cutchin.