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Three offenders captured in Hastings

Monday, January 4, 2010

Three male offenders who walked away from the Nebraska Department of Corrections Work Ethic Camp in McCook Dec. 31 were captured two days later in Hastings.

The offenders were identified as Cory Erickson, 18, Bryce Elliott, 19, and Robert Jones, 26.

The offenders were found missing from the facility north of McCook at about 8:53 p.m. on New Years Eve.

The Nebraska State Patrol and local law enforcement were notified at that time.

According to Red Willow County Sheriff Gene Mahon, a pickup allegedly stolen by the offenders and owned by Art Koetter, who lives north McCook, was found Saturday morning stuck in a nearby canyon. In a hog confinement facility on U.S. Highway 83, items from the Work Ethic Camp were found and coats were stolen.

Mahon said he was notified late Saturday that offenders were apprehended in Hastings.

Erickson was sentenced from Buffalo County in Kearney for theft by unlawful taking, a Class III-A felony. Elliott was sentenced from Adams County, Hastings, for possession/use of a financial control device, a Class IV felony. Jones was sentenced from Jefferson County, Fairbury, for the the Class IV felony charge of receiving stolen property.

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How can these prisioners just walk away from the facility?? Don't they have any guards or were they on break.

This might be a great place for the most famous senator from McCook to direct.

Should really make McCook a good place too live.

-- Posted by Just a reader on Mon, Jan 4, 2010, at 3:44 PM

I too am not understanding how it is that these offenders were allowed to "walk away" form this facility! How many of them have to "walk away" before something is done about those that are suppose to keep them from leaving or something is changed so they can't just walk away?? I understand that these offenders aren't "dangerous" but come on. If they are sent there for punishment then shouldn't there be some sort of measures to keep them there?? No wonder those that are in trouble ask or hope to be sent to the WEC! They know it will be an easy time and they can just up and leave if they want to!!

-- Posted by FormerMcCookie on Mon, Jan 4, 2010, at 4:07 PM

Maybe the gaurds should quit sleeping on the job!!

-- Posted by SunnyMomma on Mon, Jan 4, 2010, at 6:21 PM

Here we go again. They had more walk away. I'm with the others. How many is it going to take walking away from that facility before it is investigated?? This is totally rediculous!!

We pay tax money for these so called "guards" to let them escape???!!!?!?!?? I feel very taken advantage of. How about everyone else?????

-- Posted by edbru on Mon, Jan 4, 2010, at 7:53 PM

I have heard from friends who used to work there that they often have only 6 guards watching over 100 to 150 inmates at a time. It's easy to blame them but where is management in all this? Seems someone needs to step up and take some responsibility.

-- Posted by Chaco1 on Tue, Jan 5, 2010, at 10:09 AM

Lets be very clear about something, the Work Ethic Camp houses PROBATION offenders and in recent to my understanding if that has all been worked out minimum security soon to Parolees. The only thing that keeps the Probation offenders At the camp is themselves. It is a requirement of their probation. If they choose to walk away or take off then it violates their probation and they are returned to jail to face probation revokation and jail time. This facility is VERY VERY different from your State Correctional Facilities. I have worked both and can tell you that an offender who walks away from a stipulation of his PROBATION is certianly treated differently then an INMATE who escapes from prison/jail. So before casting blame on 'guards' or the facility it would be a good idea to figure out what exactly the facility is/was designed for. If you think YOU can do a better job then the application process is out there.... Walk a day in the shoes of a Correctional Officer then come back and whine. Probation IS not Incarceration thus if an offender CHOOSES to walk away that is HIS/HER own fault NOT the fault of the faciltiy.

-- Posted by annme on Tue, Jan 5, 2010, at 5:43 PM

What?? The tall fences, security lights, razor wire, and guards are just for looks?? Why then, is the WEC built up so secure? Why do we spend our tax money for a facility that is just a motel for them to stay at?? They can leave if they want to and it violates their probation.......why have the facility?? Keep the offenders in prison to finish out their sentence and not give them the opportunity to try to escape. Sure would cut the spending in State money that the State doesn't have.

The way it is described by one person, it is a place with glorified baby-sitters and nothing more. Yes, management is needed here. Without it, the reputation is going down the tubes. Right along with the people who work there.

-- Posted by edbru on Tue, Jan 5, 2010, at 9:29 PM

People on probation haven't been to prison it is an alternative to prison. Parole is what ex- inmates get.

-- Posted by Chaco1 on Wed, Jan 6, 2010, at 7:29 PM

I agree with several of you. Is this a fun house away from home? Looks like these people have comitted crimes. WHY arent they taught that they have done wrong,broke the law and should be educated that they have done wrong!!!! Try too correct the problems rather than let them do as they please and walk away if they wish.

Whats wrong with some punishment if one has done wrong and try to educate and correct the problem.

Maybe senator Christsen was right last year when he wanted too bring the Electric Chair to McCook!!!! This should scare them!!!! They could all sit in it and laugh about the punishment!!!!

Politicians playing with tax payers money!!!

Looks like our senators could solve the problems!

Maybe we should name this facility after some of our famous senators!!!

-- Posted by Just a reader on Thu, Jan 7, 2010, at 8:01 AM

Why don't you ALL shut up and go find a job, instead complaining about everyone else!!!!!!!!! This is all Nebraska people have to do!!!!!

-- Posted by ace1965 on Thu, Jan 7, 2010, at 8:58 AM

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