A Alabama state inmate, who had walked away from a work detail in Ragland Thursday has been captured in Cherokee County.
30 year old James Leroy Tyree escaped from the St. Clair Correctional Facility while working on a Department of Transportation road crew picking up trash along Alabama 144.
He disappeared about 2:15 that afternoon and authorities picked up his track in Fairfield the next day; it’s believed that he may’ve had an accomplice who picked him up during the initial escape.
Tyree reportedly had a gun – which he immediately dropped after exiting the vehicle.
He was taken into custody by U.S. Marshal’s, Leesburg Police Officers, and the members of the Cherokee County Major Crimes & Drug Task Force, and was charged with Possession of a Pistol by a Felon, Escape 1st Degree, Attempting to Elude an Officer and Resisting Arrest.
Meanwhile, 23 year old Stephanie Chandler was charged with Hindering Prosecution 1st Degree, Attempting to Elude and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Tyree is a parole violator from Jefferson County and was serving a 20 year sentence for burglary, theft of property, robbery, and for unlawful breaking and entering.
He served more than 12 years with an expiration of sentence date of August 4th, 2019.
(Information provided in part by St. Clair Times/Daily Home and WEIS Radio)