Escaped Lawrence County Jail inmate back in custody

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LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ala. – The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office says deputies found an inmate less than a quarter of a mile from the jail he escaped from Sunday morning.

Investigators said at 11 a.m. John Allen York, 28, was arrested at a business near the jail and was taken into custody on charges of third-degree escape and third-degree burglary.

They said York escaped from the Lawrence County Jail Sunday morning after climbing a security fence.

The Sheriff’s Office deployed state prison tracking dogs to search for York.

Authorities said York was arrested in September for a variety of charges including burglary, theft, possession of a controlled substance and eluding police.

York has a lengthy criminal record in the state of Alabama dating back to 2008.

He was arrested in Cullman County and charged with making a terrorist threat involving a middle school back in July.  Court records show he bonded out two days after the arrest.

A spokesperson for the Cullman County Sheriff’s office said the agency was notified of York’s escape but declined to comment any further.

The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release it is conducting an internal investigation into what led to the escape. Authorities said a second inmate was arrested during the escape. That inmate, identified as Harry Boughter, was charged with third-degree escape.

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