Crime & Courts

June 21, 2014

Inmate who walked away from Winfield Correctional Facility found

An inmate who walked away from the Winfield Correctional Facility was found near Udall on Saturday evening, about 16 hours after his escape, the Kansas Department of Corrections said.

An inmate who walked away from the Winfield Correctional Facility was found near Udall on Saturday evening, about 16 hours after his escape, the Kansas Department of Corrections said.

KDOC spokesman Jeremy Barclay said 29-year-old Jimmy R. Reed was apprehended at 4:54 p.m. Saturday about 10 miles north of Winfield and east of Udall while walking along K-15. “He had been following a river there” when he was found by KDOC special agents and the Cowley County Sheriff’s Office, Barclay said.

He was booked into Cowley County Jail on Saturday evening and will remain there while awaiting further charges, Barclay said.

The new charge “would probably be aggravated escape from custody,” he said.

Winfield correctional officers discovered Reed missing about 1:20 a.m. Saturday as they checked on inmates during night rounds, Barclay said. Reed “left within ... a half-hour window” but no earlier than 12:45 or 1 a.m., he said.

Winfield Correctional Facility is a minimum-security campus that houses about 550 low-level offenders, Barclay said; it has no perimeter fencing.

Officers monitor the premises throughout the night and “make rounds pretty much continuously,” he said.

Reed was incarcerated at Winfield for a parole violation in a 2009 Sedgwick County domestic battery and aggravated sexual battery case. A judge originally sentenced Reed to probation in that case, Barclay said. He absconded twice while serving sentences in Sedgwick County, KDOC records show.

Escapes from the Winfield facility “are pretty rare,” Barclay said Saturday after Reed’s capture.

“Most of the guys there are minimum-security, low-level offenders,” he said.

“This guy (Reed) was sentenced to probation by the sentencing judge, and he messed up on probation. That’s why he was sent to us in the first place.”

Contributing: Jerry Siebenmark of The Eagle

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