McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

Police/Courts

June 6, 2013

Inmate pleads guilty to escaping JBCC

McALESTER — An inmate who escaped from the Jackie Brannon Correctional Center in McAlester in February pleaded guilty to the charge recently.

Kenneth M. Hammick II, 27, pleaded guilty May 31 in Pittsburg County District Court to one felony count of escape from the Department of Corrections. He was fined $300 and sentenced to serve three years in the custody of the Oklahoma DOC. The new sentence is to be served concurrently with his current sentence, a four-year prison term for a Cherokee County drug conviction.

Prior to the escape, Hammick was last seen at the correctional facility Feb. 14 at the 6:30 a.m. count, according to JBCC Chief of Security Rick Caywood. “He was discovered missing at our regularly scheduled 8:30 a.m. count,” Caywood told the News-Capital in February. “We did a special count to verify and it was confirmed at 9:26 a.m.”

 Hammick was apprehended in a motel room in Tulsa less than 12 hours after his escape.

Hammick “was apprehended by DOC internal affairs unit in Tulsa,” Caywood said. “We believe he got a ride to Tulsa but have not been able to obtain exact information of who it was.” Caywood said Hammick was tracked down and apprehended in an Econo Lodge motel room in Tulsa at 5:55 p.m. on the evening of his escape. Caywood said there was a woman in the room with him when he was taken back into custody. According to the DOC website, Hammick is now in custody at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester.

Prior to this new conviction, Hammick was set for release Oct. 30, 2014. He has been in DOC custody since Aug. 2, 2011.

Contact Rachel Petersen at rpetersen@mcalesternews.com.

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