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IL DOC releases name, picture of inmate shot to death after hostage situation

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Alonje Walton | Source: IL Department of Corrections Alonje Walton | Source: IL Department of Corrections

By Arnold Wyrick - bio | email

PINCKNEYVILLE, IL (KFVS) - The Illinois Department of Corrections releases the name and pictures of the inmate that held a a 62-year-old employee at the Pinckneyville Correctional Center hostage for hours on Monday.

Alonje Walton, 37, was shot and killed after more than seven and half hours of negotiations.

Illinois Department of Corrections spokesperson, Januari Smith said the hostage situation at the Perry County, IL prison began mid-morning.

"Shortly after 10:30 a.m. an inmate took a female employee hostage," Smith said.

Hostage negotiators were called in to begin efforts to get the inmate to release his prisoner. The Illinois State Police were also called in for added security around the facility.

"The offender a 37-year-old black male serving a sentence for aggravated criminal sexual assault and aggravated kidnapping out of Cook County was shot and pronounced dead at 5:07 p.m. tonight," said IDOC Chief of Staff Jim Reinhart.

Folks living near the prison had a lot of questions about what happened behind the barbed wire fences.

"I was wondering what was he negotiating for? The only thing I can think of was for fewer years," said Eric Bridges of Pinckneyville.

"But, I think it was a pretty ignorant move on his part to do something of that nature because that is a medium security prison," Bridges said.

"I'm relieved of the outcome," said Tom Glodo of Pinckneyville. "I hope no one other then the perpetrator was hurt."

The woman is reportedly recovering in a local hospital.

"The female hostage, a 62-year-old employee, was rescued and is currently being evaluated by medical personnel," Barnhart said.

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