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Escaped Inmates Caught in Richmond County

Posted March 18, 2008

— A citizen’s tip helped authorities find three inmates who escaped from a minimum-security unit at Morrison Correctional Institution on March 16.

Justin Shepard, Christopher Tadlock and Jeffrey Winstead scaled a fence and left the prison, officials said.

The three men were found within five miles of the prison, near a house on Millbrook Road where they had stopped to use the phone.  Residents of the home called police and they found the escapees outside the house around 10:45 a.m. Tuesday.

The inmates, who were all serving sentences for non-violent property or drug crimes, were arrested without incident, authorities said.

Shepard, 21, was serving eight to 10 months for larceny and possession of stolen goods. Tadlock, 22, was serving approximately 2½ years for larceny and breaking and entering vehicles. Winstead, 21, was serving 13-16 months for attempted drug trafficking.


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  • sweetlilmama06 Mar 18, 2008

    Well..the WRAL has it WRONG!!!they DIDNT break into NOBODYS house..the owners of the house LET EM IN!!!..I LOVE MY COUSIN JUSTIN SHEPARD!!!!!:)

  • lilwil Mar 18, 2008

    If they could have waited a few more months, they could have gotten out and tried to make a better life for themselves in hopes of not going back to prison.

    Now, they have longer sentences and will probably be shipped to other facilities. Strange how they wanted to get away from that prison so bad, but was found within 5 miles from the facility. It's obvious they were not thinking.

  • fedupwithitall Mar 18, 2008

    I guess they were not having enough fun at the minimum security prison.

  • Grumpy-Not Mar 18, 2008

    They could not have had much time left. I have a feeling this won't be the last time that they are heard from.

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  • dpcallah Mar 18, 2008

    off to maximum security prison they go

  • garnertoy Mar 18, 2008

    now more time added on

  • Groovy Mar 18, 2008

    That was smart, real smart.