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Felon Serving Time for Illegally Possessing a Firearm Sentenced to Additional 33 Months in Federal Prison for Escape from Residential Reentry Facility

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

EVANSVILLE- Austin R. Pam, 28, of Evansville, Indiana has been sentenced to an additional 33 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to escape from custody.

According to court documents, on January 4, 2019, Pam was sentenced to 33 months’ imprisonment for illegally possessing a firearm and a consecutive 21 months’ imprisonment for violating the terms of his supervised release in a different case.

On September 23, 2021, Pam was transferred to the Volunteers of America (“VOA”) in Evansville, Indiana, to complete his sentence. The Bureau of Prisons contracts with residential reentry centers, also known as halfway houses, to aid inmates who are nearing release. Inmates serving a portion of their sentence at a residential reentry center are only authorized to leave through sign-out procedures for approved activities.

Pam was to remain in and abide by the rules of the facility until his projected release date of March 21, 2022. On November 27, 2021, VOA staff noticed that Pam had not returned from his place of employment. Staff unsuccessfully attempted to contact Pam and reached out to his shift supervisor, who stated Pam never showed up for his shift. Pam was arrested in Evansville in an unrelated case on May 25, 2022. 

Zachary A. Myers, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana, and Dan McClain, U.S. Marshal for the Southern District of Indiana, made the announcement.

U.S. Marshals Service investigated this case. The sentence was imposed by U.S. District Court Judge Richard L. Young.

U.S. Attorney Myers thanked Assistant United States Attorney Matthew B. Miller, who prosecuted this case.

Updated May 25, 2023