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Escaped inmate sought

One Muscogee County Prison inmate who escaped from a work detail Wednesday is back in custody while another is still at large.

Joshua Chandler, 23, and Kenderrick Hill , 2 0 , both of Columbus we re working near Cusseta Road and Allied Drive when they left the detail about 2:20 p.m., said Muscogee County Prison Deputy Warden Ray Covington. The men had just walked to the rear of a truck to get water and likely exchanged a few words before running toward a nearby trailer park, Warden Bill Adamson said.

Chandler was caught by a twoman Columbus Police Department patrol car around 5:30 p.m. on Cusseta Road near Benning Road. He had turned his prison-issued pants inside out and was wearing a T-shirt. Hill is still at large.

"I think it was just a spur of the moment thing , " Adamson said. "I attribute it to the day, the type weather we had."

Hill, who is serving time for two counts of obstruction and a probation violation, was scheduled for release in March. He had been at the prison for a month, and Adamson said he was going to get a two-for-one credit on time served for good behavior.

Hill and Chandler will likely face escape charges.

Authorities with the prison, the Sheriff’s Office, the Columbus Police Department and the Marshal’s Office continued their search for the other inmate late Wednesday. He and Chandler were part of what’s called an environmental detail, which includes cutting grass and picking up trash.

Chandler was convicted in 2003 of forgery and theft by taking, according to the Georgia Department of Corrections Web site. Muscogee County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Joe McCrea said he was serving time for a probation violation.

Hill is a 6-foot-3, 175 pound black man. He was convicted in 2007 of possession of cocaine, according to the Georgia Department of Corrections Web site.

Both men were wearing white jumpsuits at the time of their escape.

Anyone with information about Hill’s whereabouts is asked to call 911.

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