Inmate Escapes in Rock Hill

ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina prison officials say an inmate has left a work release program in Rock Hill without permission. Authorities say 23-year-old Justin Barton was not at his job at Palmetto Recycling when officers from the Catawba Pre-Release Center came to pick inmates up Saturday afternoon. Prison officials say Barton was dressed in a blue work shirt. He was serving a 10-year sentence for assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature out of Chester County. Prison spokesman John Barkley says Barton could be charged with escape and face up to 15 additional years in prison if convicted. (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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