The Associated Press reports that an escaped murderer due for release from prison next year has been recovered. In Portland, Maine, Arnold Nash, 65, escaped for the third time from prison and was captured. He was discovered walking on the road in Piscataquis County. Nash escaped on Thursday evening from the Mountain View Correctional Facility in Charleston, several miles away.
Nash was convicted of murder and sentenced to 45 years in prison after he killed his neighbor in 1991. He was scheduled for release next year. Nash previously escaped from Maine Correctional Center in Windham in 1973 and Maine State Prison in 1981.
Police are trying to determine where Nash has been since his disappearance. Nash is now being charged with escape, which is a felony. He is now in the custody of the Department of Corrections.
It is unclear whether Nash is being represented by a lawyer.
The Corrections Commissioner has a theory that since Nash has spent much of his life in prison, this escape was an attempt to ensure he stays there. He wasn’t trying to run, but also wasn’t trying to get caught.
Prior to this escape, Nash was scheduled for release in December 2019 with credit for time served and good behavior.
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