Oct 2, 2013 8:54 AM by AP (Photo courtesy MGN Online)

OPP inmate captured after fleeing work program

For the third time since May, an Orleans Parish Prison inmate had to be hunted down and captured after he fled a job he held as part of the Sheriff's Office's transitional work program.
Authorities say 23-year-old James Pellegrin walked away about 7:20 p.m. Monday. Deputies found him at about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at a New Orleans apartment complex.
The escape was not announced until after he was returned to the prison.
Pellegrin is a state inmate, convicted on drug charges in Jefferson Parish, but serving his sentence in New Orleans. He was being held on a parole violation and was scheduled for release in February.
He faces a new charge of simple escape, punishable by up to a year in jail.


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