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Smyrna/Clayton Sun-Times
  • Inmate caught during escape attempt at James Vaughn Correctional Center near Smyrna

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  • An inmate serving a life sentence attempted to escape from the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center near Smyrna early Saturday morning, but he was caught.
    Officers were alerted by an alarm notification that was triggered at approximately 5:30 a.m., according to John R. Painter, Department of Correction Chief of Media Relations.
    The inmate, Michael T. Hollman, 43, was apprehended after getting trapped between a set of double fences, Painter said.
    After the alarm notification, the facility was placed on lockdown and an emergency headcount confirmed that all other inmates were accounted for at that time.
    Hollman arrived at the Vaughn Correctional Center on April 11, 2008. His "sentence effective date" was Dec. 19, 2008. He is serving life plus 83 years for first-degree robbery, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, two counts of first-degree kidnapping, aggravated menacing, three counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of a schedule I narcotic.
    Department of Correction officials are investigating the incident and will provide additional information as it becomes available, Painter said.
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