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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of West Virginia

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Charleston Man Sentenced for Escape

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Donavan Hardison, 28, of Charleston, was sentenced yesterday by United States District Court Judge John T. Copenhaver, Jr., to 8 months in prison for having escaped from the Dismas Charities’ halfway house in St. Albans, West Virginia.  Stuart credited the cooperative effort of the United States Marshal Service, the West Virginia State Police, the Charleston Police Department, and the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office for Hardison’s capture.

“Our federal, state and local law enforcement officers will not stop looking for escapees until they are apprehended,”  said United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  “During Hardison’s additional 8-month stay in prison, he needs to let the other inmates know that escape attempts just aren’t worth it.” 

Hardison previously pled guilty in April admitting that he had walked away from Dismis without permission on May 16, 2017, and his whereabouts were unknown until his arrest on February 6, 2018. Hardison had been placed at Dismas by the Federal Bureau of Prisons in March 2017 to serve the remainder of his sentence for a federal drug conviction.

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Updated June 5, 2018