JACKSON COUNTY, IL (KFVS) - A Jackson County, Illinois man pleaded guilty to escape on Wednesday, July 9.
Kenneth D. Harris, Jr., 47, of Elkville, Ill., pleaded guilty to a one-count indictment charging escape.
According to U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, evidence at the plea hearing established that Harris was serving more than five years for conspiracy to make meth.
In December 2014, the Bureau of Prisons transferred Harris' custody from Greenville-FCI to Centerstone Residential Reentry Center in Marion.
On March 25, Harris failed to return to Centerstone after being on work release. Harris did not return to Centerstone and was found and arrested by the U.S. Marshals Service in Elkville on April 1.
This offense carries a penalty of up to an additional five years of time in federal prison, to be followed by three years supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000.
Harris is currently being held without bond pending a Nov. 3 sentence hearing.
The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Marshals Service. The case is assigned to Assistant U.S. Attorney Amanda A. Robertson for prosecution.