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People react to another Blackburn Correctional Complex escapee

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - A prisoner who walked away from the Blackburn Correctional Complex is back behind bars. Lexington Police tell us they found John Stamper, 48, just yards away from the prison Sunday afternoon.

Police say Stamper was found hiding on a farm in a wooded area after he broke into a house along Spurr Road.

Some people tell us that reports of escapees from Blackburn Correctional Complex are starting to sound like a broken record.

"It just happens way too much," said Anthony Smith, who lives nearby.

But those living in the Masterson Station neighborhood say this particular escape hits closer to home since one of their neighbors was targeted. Lexington Police say they found Stamper just 500 yards from the prison after walking away Saturday night. They say he's not only charged with escape but burglary after breaking into a home on Spurr Road and stealing clothes.

"I've never heard of a Blackburn inmate breaking out and going into someone's house," said Smith. "Usually they are more drawn away from Masterson Station. But I feel like we should be more comfortable in our neighborhood rather than scared."

Stamper is back behind bars at the Blackburn Correctional Complex, but people living nearby say they are still worried for the next time, saying it has been happening too often.

We counted five reported escapes, including this one, since January 2014. And that's a number people are not comfortable with.

"You don't know what they're in there for and they can just walk off," said Mardonice Crowe, who also lives in the area. "And they can just repeat everything they did before."

Some neighbors even mentioned a petition to change security at the prison. They say they want to do something, anything to stop inmates from running away from the facility with minimal security.

"It's been happening too long," said Smith. "I feel like somebody should have to grow up and put a stop to it."

Stamper was originally serving a five-year sentence for convictions out of Madison County including burglary and receiving stolen property.


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