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Inmate missing after work-release shift

Posted May 10, 2010

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— Authorities were searching Monday for an inmate who failed to return to custody after a shift of work release.

Brian Knotts was incarcerated at the minimum-security unit at Brown Creek Correctional Institution in Polkton.

He was last seen working the third shift at Pilgrim's Pride chicken processing plant in Marshville Sunday night.

Knotts was serving a minimum sentence of 12 years and 3 months after being convicted as a habitual felon, habitual impaired driver and for driving with a revoked license. He was due for release in January 2011.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call 911 or Brown Creek Correctional Institution at 704-694-7500.

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  • Tenderhardt May 10, 2010

    Staffing in our state's prisons have been cut, meaning fewer officers to supervise inmates.That means more opportunity for escape attempts on road crews or at facility. Can't say that is the reason for this escape since he was work release, meaning he worked off camp unsupervised, but you would be correct. If he had previous unauthorized absences or escapes, he should never have been given work release.

  • bomanicous May 10, 2010

    "If you look on the DOC website you'll see he has 2 previous unauthorized absences as well as an escape"

    He should've never been in the position to escape. People in charge need to be held accountable for the criminals that keep getting out whether they are released too soon or escape like this one.

  • wildcat May 10, 2010

    Better security is needed when guards let their guards down. Guards should be very watchful every second. The criminals is just waiting for their moment to escape. Hopefully they will find him very soon.

  • colliedave May 10, 2010

    Knotts was serving a minimum sentence of 12 years and 3 months after being convicted as a habitual felon, habitual impaired driver and for driving with a revoked license. He was due for release in January 2011

    I thought with a habitual felon conviction it's life in the pokey. Guess he wants life at CP.

  • gingerlynn May 10, 2010

    He didn't want to get released. too cushy there with 3 hots, a cot, medical care and time out to socialize at work.

  • mulecitybabe May 10, 2010

    If you look on the DOC website you'll see he has 2 previous unauthorized absences as well as an escape. I'd put my bet on him being at the nearest liquor house or bar, given his history.

  • PJM May 10, 2010

    poor fella he must love his 3hots & a cot.....Now he really will not be able to get out!

  • killing_me_softly May 10, 2010

    Is he serious? Say it isn't so!

  • Ihatexray May 10, 2010

    He had 8 months left on a 12 year sentence. I don't think he fled. He's probably gonna turn up dead somewhere. Why would you serve more than 11 years and then skip? Pretty sure something must've happened to him.

  • Just the facts mam May 10, 2010

    He will turn up - after he commits a few more crimes...