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Three of four men who escaped Virginia federal prison recaptured

This photo provided by Federal Bureau of Prisons shows from left, Corey Branch, Tavares Lajuane Graham, Lamonte Rashawn Willis and Kareem Allen Shaw. Federal officials say four inmates have escaped from a federal prison’s satellite camp in Virginia. The Federal Bureau of Prisons says inmates Corey Branch, Tavares Lajuane Graham, Lamonte Rashawn Willis and Kareem Allen Shaw were discovered missing from the Federal Correctional Complex Petersburg’s satellite camp in Hopewell, Va., Saturday, June 18, 2022. (Federal Bureau of Prisons via AP) AP

Three of four men who escaped Virginia federal prison recaptured

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Three of the four prisoners who escaped from a federal camp in Virginia are back behind bars, officials announced Monday.

Tavares Lajuane Graham is in the custody of the Federal Bureau of Prisons at the Federal Correctional Institution Petersburg Medium as of Sunday at approximately 4:45 a.m, and Corey Branch and Kareem Allen Shaw are also in the same prison as of Tuesday at approximately 12:15 a.m., officials said. The last of the escapees, Lamonte Rashawn Willis, remains on the loose, BOP spokeswoman Randilee Giamusso wrote in an email to the Washington Examiner.

Graham turned himself in to the authorities after escaping on Saturday night and returned to the facility Sunday morning, where he was “taken back into custody,” said Kevin Connolly, a supervisor with the U.S. Marshals Service Capital Regional Fugitive Task Force, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

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Graham, 44, was serving an aggregate 120-month sentence for possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine and 28 grams or more of cocaine base, and he was also charged with possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. Shaw, 46, was sentenced to 194 months for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a measurable quantity of heroin, according to police.

Branch, 41, was sentenced to 16 months on charges of possession with intent to distribute fentanyl and possession of a firearm as a felon. Willis, 30, was given a 216-month sentence for possession and concealment of a stolen firearm and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, court documents show.

The U.S. Marshals Service will charge all four inmates with escaping from a federal prison, which carries a punishment of up to five years in prison. They will be required to serve out their new sentences in addition to the federal sentences they were serving prior to their escape if convicted.

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A reward of up to $2,000 per escapee was offered by the U.S. Marshals Service for anyone who provided information leading to the capture of the escaped inmates, Connolly said Monday. It is unclear whether anyone laid claim to the reward after the three inmates were detained.

Tips about Willis can be provided to the U.S. Marshals Service on the agency’s app, USMS Tips, at usmarshals.gov/tips, or by calling (804) 545-8501.

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