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Prison officials still don't know how inmate escaped

August 04, 2010|By DAN DEARTH

Maryland state prison officials still have not determined how an inmate with a violent history escaped Friday from the Maryland Correctional Institution south of Hagerstown.

Mark Vernarelli, spokesman for the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, said Wednesday in an e-mail that officials would pass along information on the escape of inmate Dominic Webster as soon as it becomes available.

Vernarelli said there is no evidence that Webster, 51, climbed over a fence or received help to escape.

Webster began serving a 25-year sentence in 2008 for multiple counts of robbery with a deadly weapon and handgun offenses.

Prison officials have said that Webster was noticed missing from the medium-security facility shortly before 11 a.m. Friday. Authorities captured him about six hours later near Beaver Creek Country Club east of Hagerstown.

After his capture, Webster was transferred to North Branch Correctional Institution, a maximum-security prison near Cumberland, Md.

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