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Prison escapee caught hiding in Harlan

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

HARLAN COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - He said he was upset he lost a chance at parole, so he decided to get his own freedom.

Harlan County Sheriff's Deputies say William Paul Monroe III escaped from the Marion Adjustment Center on September 30th.

Now back behind bars, he talked to WYMT's Angela Sparkman about his escape and his time on the run.

30 year old William Paul Monroe is back behind bars after one month on the run.

"I knew eventually I'd get caught. I just wasn't worried about it," Monroe said.

While serving an eight year sentence for robbery, police say he escaped from the Marion Adjustment Center. Monroe says he walked away after he got into a fight with another inmate and lost a chance at parole.

"I got upset and decided since they were going to take my chance at freedom, I would just give my own self freedom," Monroe said.

He says he hitchhiked 14 hours back to home to Harlan. He says he then hid out in the mountains with the help of family.

His freedom ended Thursday when two Sheriff's Deputies saw him walking on the road in Harlan and arrested him.

"I seen them coming. I just went ahead and stopped and put my hands on my head and did what I was supposed to," said Monroe.

Now he is charged with escape and faces even more jail time.

"He took his chance at getting freedom for a little while and he had a little bit, but now look at the end result. He's going to be charged and lose his freedom for that much more," said Sheriff Marvin J. Lipfird.

"There's no need to be down about it. I did what I did. I'm a man. I'll take responsibility for it, and I'll accept any kind of punishment I get for it," said Monroe. "I do regret it, but in a way I don't. I got to see my family, and honestly, I'd rather be in Harlan County jail than anywhere."

Monroe is also charged with trafficking drugs within 1,000 feet of a school. He says that was a warrant from 2010.

He is being held in the Harlan County Detention Center on no bond.

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