Leslie County inmate escapes from work release


HYDEN, Ky (WYMT) - A Leslie County inmate is on the loose after walking away while mowing near the Mountain View Elementary School.

Randall Kyle Mullins was on work release.

On Monday morning, Laurel County Detention Center staff member James Davidson was initially watching five inmates.

But just before 10, one inmate went missing.

"We have never had no problems. That is the first incident we have ever had as far as our work release program goes," said Davidson.

The inmate escaped into a wooded area after asking if he could go to the bathroom.

"He come up and asked for the toilet paper to use the restroom, went back down under the hill and I told him when he got done to start mowing where he left off. I gave him about seven or eight minutes. He never come out," said Davidson.

Billy Bowling is the county jailer and said Mullins is not a danger to the community.

That is because inmates on work release usually are not in jail for violent crimes.

"People that is on work release are normally ready to get out. They do not got a whole lot of sentence left to serve," said Bowling.

Still, the Laurel County Sheriff's Department is looking for him and if he is found could face escape charges.

Davidson said in a situation like this, there is only so much he can do to prevent inmates from running off.

"I mean if they have to use the restroom and go in the timbers there is nothing really I can do about that. If they come back, they come back. If they do not, they do not," said Davidson.

Bowling said Mullins could face up to five more years in jail for escape.


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