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Authorities catch escaped Muscogee County Prison inmate in Atlanta

A fugitive squad caught escaped Muscogee County Prison inmate Darrian Williams at his wife's home in Atlanta Wednesday, just one day after he walked off a work detail, the prison warden said today.

The capture occurred just before 5 p.m. Wednesday, and Williams did not peacefully surrender, Hamrick said. The escapee put up a fight, and now faces charges not only of escape but of assaulting an officer and resisting arrest, the warden said.

"We're looking at 20 more years for all those charges," Hamrick said of Williams' likely penalty. "So he's gone from a four-year sentence to probably 24."

Williams, 37, slipped away from an inmate work crew near the prison about 11:40 a.m. Tuesday: "He walked off from just inside the guard line," the warden said then. "He was cutting grass. He laid the weed eater down and walked off."

Williams was one of five prisoners on work detail, the warden said.

Williams, who is from Atlanta, was imprisoned for impersonating an officer and giving false testimony. His release date was April 2016, Hamrick said.

The warden indicated Tuesday that investigators had an inkling of where Williams went: "He doesn't appear to be in the county. We feel like he may have been picked up by a significant other," he said.

Williams is now in the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson, but will be returned to Columbus to face his escape charge in court, Hamrick said.

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