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Jackson County Man Pleads Guilty To Escape

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Illinois

On July 9, 2015, Kenneth D. Harris, Jr., 47, of Elkville, IL, pled guilty to a one-count indictment charging escape, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today.

Evidence at the plea hearing established that Harris is serving a 63 month sentence for conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine. In December 2014, the Bureau of Prisons transferred Harris’ custody from Greenville-FCI to Centerstone Residential Reentry Center in Marion. On March 25, 2015, Harris failed to return to Centerstone after being on work-release. Harris did not return to Centerstone and was located and arrested by the United States Marshals Service in Elkville on April 1, 2015.

The offense carries a penalty of up to an additional 5 years of time in federal prison, to be followed by 3 years’ supervised release, and a fine of up to $250,000. Harris is currently being held without bond pending a November 3, 2015, sentencing hearing.

The investigation was conducted by the United States Marshals Service. The case is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Amanda A. Robertson for prosecution.

Updated July 10, 2015