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Escaped inmates from Childersburg Work Release Center recaptured


WALKER COUNTY, Ala. – The second of two inmates who escaped from the Childersburg Work Release Center last week has been recaptured.

Walker County sheriff’s deputies apprehended Jacob Larry Burnett, 39, at around 7:30 p.m. on Saturday while responding to a report of a person breaking into a vehicle near Nauvoo. Burnette was arrested at the scene without incident and taken to the Walker County Jail.

Burnette and 39-year-old Mark Stephen Araujo, Jr. escaped from the work release center in Talladega County on Oct. 23.  Araujo was recaptured the next day in Marshall County. Both men will be charged with the escape and other offenses.

Burnett was sentenced to 18 months in July 2018 for third-degree burglary in Shelby County and Araujo is serving a 15-year sentence for a 2016 first-degree theft of property conviction in Walker County.

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