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