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UPDATED: Blackburn escapee back in custody

By: Dave Spencer Email
By: Dave Spencer Email
Kenneth Happy, 36, was captured in Jessamine County Monday afternoon.  He was serving time for several charges, including wanton endangerment.

Kenneth Happy

The search for an escaped inmate is over.

Corrections officials tell us 36-year-old Kenneth Happy was captured early Monday afternoon in Jessamine County.

They say the arrest came after a tip was called into Blackburn Correctional Complex.

The tip sent Jessamine County Sheriff Deputies to a trailer on Collier Lane. Deputy Larry Oliver says it's the trailer of Mary Lalond.

Inside the trailer, Happy was found in a back bedroom and arrested after a brief struggle.

Lalond too was arrested and charged with hindering apprehension.

Happy was reported missing around 1 a.m. Monday from Blackburn, on Spurr Road in northern Fayette County.

This isn't the first time he's escaped.

Corrections officials say Happy pleaded guilty to wanton endangerment and criminal facilitation several years ago. He was originally charged with attempted murder and attempted robbery.

In 1993, investigators in Anderson County say during an attempted robbery, Happy fired two shots, hitting a man once in his hand.

In 1996, Happy accepted a plea deal, and pleaded guilty to wanton endangerment and criminal facilitation to commit murder.

The Kentucky Department of Corrections Web site incorrectly listed Happy as being convicted of murder.

Happy served time at the Luther Luckett Correctional Complex before coming to Blackburn in late 1999.

In January 2000, Happy escaped from Blackburn and was convicted of second degree escape.

Corrections officials say Happy was also serving time for trafficking in a controlled substance in Woodford County.

Corrections officials say Happy would have been eligible for parole in seven months.

Happy is originally from Bourbon County.

Fayette County Schools were on a heightened alert Monday, because of the escape. Additional officers patrolled areas around school, and students were not allowed outside for recess.

Around 6 a.m. Monday, police got a call that Happy had been treated for a leg injury at St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington. When police arrived, he wasn't there. Police are unsure if was ever at the hospital.

Blackburn is a minimal-security prison.

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