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November 1, 2012

Two of three escaped JBCC inmates found in Ark.

McALESTER — Two of the three escaped Jackie Brannon Correctional Center inmates were apprehended in Arkansas on Wednesday evening, according to local officials.

Terry Buckley, 27, and Jeffery Walker, 23, were determined to be missing from the facility Wednesday morning, according to JBCC Warden’s Assistant Laurie Martin.

The third inmate, Alvin Boyer, 27, escaped the facility in the morning hours of Oct. 26.

“The Arkansas state police, in coordination with multiple law enforcement agencies, apprehended both (Terry) Buckley and (Jeffery) Walker,” Martin said. Both inmates were taken into custody in Palestine, Ark., along with the two women who allegedly helped them escape, Martin said. “This apprehension was without incident.”

Pittsburg County Undersheriff Richard Bedford said that the inmates, along with the two women, were apprehended in a motel room beside a truck stop in Palestine at approximately 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. “The two women are from Wagoner,” Bedford said. “They are being interviewed by police there. I believe a firearm was found in the room and one of the two women is claiming it.” Bedford said that he expects charges to filed against the two women in Pittsburg County District Court.

Early Wednesday morning, Buckley and Walker were allegedly observed “running from C-Unit and getting into a mid-sized silver car,” Martin said.

James Holloway, with the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force, said that after the two inmates escaped from JBCC, they stopped off in Muskogee and got a motel room. “They stopped just long enough to change clothes,” Holloway said. “That’s how we got a lead on them. They changed and left their inmate clothes behind.” Holloway said that representatives from the motel called the Muskogee Police Department, which then contacted the prison and the U.S. Marshals.

The inmates and the two women traveled to Palestine, where they got another motel room, according to Holloway, before they were taken into custody. “A 9mm (firearm) was found at the scene,” Holloway said.

Both Buckley and Walker were charged Wednesday in Pittsburg County District Court with escaping from a penal institution. In convicted, they are both facing life imprisonment.

Although still on the run, Boyer was also charged with escape and is facing life in prison if convicted. “Mr. Boyer is still at large,” Martin said Thursday morning.

“We are following every lead we have,” Martin said. “We’re working with multiple law enforcement agencies. We’ve got people on the ground, on the road, and the dogs are out and trying to track him.”

Martin said it is unusual to have more than one inmate escape at a time and, typically, escaped inmates have been captured within 72 hours of escaping.

Boyer began serving time at JBCC on Sept. 22, 2011, according to the Oklahoma Department of Corrections website at www.doc.state.ok.us. In July of 2011, Boyer was sentenced to serve 2,982 days for multiple firearm and drug related felony convictions. According to the DOC website, Boyer is set to be released on Nov. 26, 2018, and has a parole hearing set in January of 2014.

Walker began serving time at JBCC on April 12, 2011, according to the DOC website. In April of 2009, Walker was sentenced to serve five years incarceration for a robbery with firearm conviction. He is set to be released from custody on April 5, 2013.

Buckley began serving time at JBCC on July 16, 2008, according to the DOC website. In June of 2008, Buckley was sentenced to serve 15 years for a felony drug-related conviction. He has multiple felony convictions, including burglary, eluding, false impersonation and multiple felony drug related charges. He is set to be released Jan. 3, 2023, and has a parole hearing scheduled in December of 2012.

Boyer, a white male, is covered in tattoos, Martin said. And in his Oklahoma Department of Corrections mugshot, tattoos can bee seen on Boyer’s face, under each of his eyes. Under his left eye are two teardrop tattoos, according to the website, and under his right eye is another tattoo. Boyer also has tattoos covering his neck, and those include the word “Kracker,” on the right side of his neck and a swastika symbol.

If anyone has any information on Boyer’s whereabouts, call JBCC at 918-421-3339 or the McAlester Police Department at 918-423-1212 or the Pittsburg County Sheriff’s Office at 918-423-5858.

Contact Rachel Petersen at rpetersen@mcalesternews.com.

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