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Escaped inmate captured in Granville County

Posted May 25, 2012

— An inmate who escaped from Cunningham Research Station in Kinston Thursday afternoon was taken into custody early Friday morning, authorities with the Granville County Sheriff's Office said. 

Authorities captured Donnie Travis, 38, shortly after midnight in a wooded area near N.C. Highway 158 and Interstate 85 in Granville County. Granville County Sheriff Brindel Wilkins said Travis rammed a cruiser with a stolen truck when he was spotted at the Hasty Mart in Oxford around 10:30 p.m. Thursday.

Before Travis was able to exit the parking lot of the gas station, he wrecked the truck along an embankment and ran into a wooded area parallel to I-85, Wilkins said. He was captured about two hours later. No injuries were reported.

Travis, a minimum-custody inmate assigned to the Duplin Correctional Center in Kenansville, was serving a maximum sentence of 22 months for larceny and communicating threats. He was scheduled to be released in March 2013. 

After taking Travis into custody early Friday, the Granville County Sheriff's Office charged him with assault with a deadly weapon with the intent to kill and two counts of property damage.

He will also face charges of larceny of a motor vehicle and escape from prison in Lenoir.


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  • Philly_d May 25, 2012

    Hum how funny when I looked up dummy I saw you Travis I guess 10 months was just to long to wait for.

  • storchheim May 25, 2012

    What a schlemiel. No, make that schlmazel. He could have gone free in 10 months for non-violent crimes, now he's facing much more serious charges and a longer sentence.

  • jmf1073 3.0 May 25, 2012

    Seems he was enjoying the free room and board too much to leave.

  • golorealist May 25, 2012

    dummy only had 10 months left...now he's going to have a lot more than that, and he probably won't be minimum security anymore.

  • DivaD May 25, 2012

    He did a dummy move!

  • tewc May 25, 2012

    Heres your sign -

  • BubbaDuke May 25, 2012

    They need to bring back hard labor. Not only does it help the state, it distracts the inmates.

  • NoObamaCare May 25, 2012

    22 months just went to 5-7 years!

  • ScottW76 May 25, 2012

    Some inmates have burned so many bridges in their life, they have nowhere to go and they don;t want to get out. Besides, people that believe that they are obligated to everything are happy where they can get 3 hots and a cot, medical and dental care for next to nothing.

  • greg69innc May 25, 2012

    Well Give him at 20 years hard labor and let him get a real education