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Inmate escapes from prison, caught hours later

Posted May 18, 2013 6:12 p.m. EDT
Updated May 19, 2013 7:52 a.m. EDT

— An inmate who escaped from the Gaston Correctional Center Saturday has been caught.

Officials captured 22-year-old Jacob Hilton at 4:45 p.m. Saturday walking along NC-275, about four miles from the correctional center.

Hilton was serving a three-and-a-half year sentence for possession of a firearm by a felon and numerous counts of breaking and entering and larceny. 

Hilton has no pending charges and was scheduled for release in October.

Gaston Correctional Center is a minimum-security prison located in Dallas, N.C. It houses approximately 250 male inmates who are nearing release.