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Federal inmate sentenced to prison for escape

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

BECKLEY, W.Va. – A federal inmate who was caught approximately a mile from Raleigh General Hospital was sentenced today to a year and a day in prison, announced United States Attorney Carol Casto. Jody Ladd Dellenback, 30, previously pleaded guilty to escape.

Dellenback admitted that on August 25, 2016, he ran away from his Bureau of Prisons escort after the completion of his medical examination at Raleigh General Hospital. Law enforcement authorities searched the area and found him about two hours later, slightly over a mile from the hospital. Dellenback was serving an 18-month sentence at the Federal Correctional Institution at Beckley for unauthorized use of a credit card.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons with assistance from the Beckley Police Department, the Raleigh County Sheriff’s Office, and the West Virginia State Police. Assistant United States Attorney John File is handling the prosecution. United States District Judge Irene C. Berger imposed the sentence.

Updated February 13, 2017