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MCTC escapee returned to prison

August 29, 2007|By ERIN JULIUS

HAGERSTOWN - Cumberland police officers on Monday night picked up a Maryland Correctional Training Center inmate who walked away from a work-release assignment Saturday night at Junction 808 restaurant, Maryland State Police said Tuesday.

William DiBuono, 39, left the restaurant Saturday about 6 p.m., state troopers said in a news release. He was serving a four-year sentence for assault and theft.

DiBuono was interviewed in May for a Herald-Mail series about the prisons south of Hagerstown. In an article published Aug.5, DiBuono said he served a 10-year sentence in the 1990s and has served time at Roxbury Correctional Institution and at prisons in the Jessup, Md., area.

DiBuono told a reporter that he wanted to return to Allegany County, earn his mining certificate and work in a coal mine.

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DiBuono also said MCTC is a better-run prison than the Jessup institutions.

"Up here, we know what to expect," he said. "If you maintain your attitude, the staff doesn't bother you."

DiBuono transferred to MCTC from the Jessup area to participate in MCTC's Gaudenzia Therapeutic Community, he said in May. Gaudenzia is geared to people affected by chemical dependency, mental illness and related illnesses, according to materials provided by MCTC staff.

In May, DiBuono lived in honor housing and had the privilege of carrying a key to his cell.

DiBuono was returned to the Division of Correction, state troopers said.

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