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WCSO: 'Very dangerous’ Mobile Co. escaped inmate back in custody

SOURCE: WCSO

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The Washington County Sheriff's Office has confirmed that escaped inmate, Billie Joe Turner, has been caught and is back in custody. This happened around 3:30 Friday, May 19th.

Officials were led to a residence in Washington County, where upon arrival, the suspect surrendered to officials.

The owner of the residence was questioned; however, no arrests have been made.

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Billie Joe Turner is still on the run after walking away from work release detail in Creola. Deputies with the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office describe the 39-year-old as a “violent career criminal” and say he should’ve never been out of jail.

“He’s got a violent history and a very lengthy drug history,” said Paul Burch with the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office, “he was a popular meth cook, back when homemade meth was popular”.

Turner is from Mount Vernon and left his work detail in Creola early Wednesday morning. Authorities believe he called someone to come pick him up. His arrest record dates back to 1998 and includes more than 30 different charges, including assault and robbery. He’s accused of attacking his girlfriend, dealing meth, and assaulting someone with a weapon. He’s also attempted to attack police officers and has been charged with resisting arrest.

“He should not have been one of these type of people that are eligible for work release,” Burch said.

But, how does someone with his arrest record qualify for work release?

In an email from Bob Horton, public information manager with the Alabama Department of Corrections, he said in part:

“The Alabama Department of Corrections has a classification division responsible for assigning inmates to the work release program. Inmates who are nearing the end of their sentence and who are eligible, are assigned to the work release program.

Turner was pending a parole hearing in August and his release from prison was set for December 2019”.

The Mobile County Sheriff’s Office and Creola PD are assisting in the search for Turner. Once he is arrested, he will face additional charges.

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