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Prisoner who walked away captured in Sacramento

A 45-year-old prisoner who boldly walked away from a work crew in Round Hill was captured Thursday at 2 p.m. in Sacramento by Sacramento County Sheriff’s deputies.

Dirk Williams, who was working at a controlled burn site Wednesday for the Nevada Department of Forestry, fled just after noon. He reportedly had family in the Sacramento area.

Prison spokesman Glen Whorton could not provide any details regarding his apprehension.



Williams was serving a one- to three-year sentence for stealing a car in November 1998. He was scheduled to appear before a parole board in April, and could have been released as early as August.

He will now face charges for escape and possibly car theft, Whorton said.




“We don’t know if this was a spur of the moment incident or something he contemplated for a while,” he said. “Sometimes there isn’t a lot of logic to what these guys do.”

Douglas County Sheriff’s deputies tracked Williams through the snow to U.S. Highway 50, where witnesses saw him get into what they believe was a red Ford Mustang. The car then headed east, according to Sgt. Lance Modispacher.

For the past two months, Williams had been serving time at the Stewart Conservation Camp – a minimum-security facility where inmates can apply to serve the last 18 months of their sentence working for the Forestry Department, the U.S. Forest Service and other agencies.

Modispacher described the prisoners as working on an honor system. According to corrections officer Rodger Hughes, the lack of security contributed to Williams’ escape.

Inmates earn approximately $3 a day at the camp, and for each day they work one day is removed from their sentence.


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