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Lincoln County jail escapee captured

By Ann Kelley Modified: September 16, 2008 at 10:37 am •  Published: September 16, 2008
CHANDLER — A man who escaped from Lincoln County jail Monday was captured about 10 a.m. today at an area gas station.

Michael Washburn, 28, of Chandler had been on the run since noon Monday. He ran from the jail house after overpowering his attorney, David Ball of Stroud.

Lincoln County Assistant District Attorney Clayton Niemeyer said he believes Washburn planned the escape because he was wearing tennis shoes rather than jail issued sandals inmates generally wear.

Niemeyer said authorities last night surrounded a house they believed Washburn was hiding in. When they went in, they discovered no one inside, he said.

Washburn was sentenced to 20 years in prison this month for shooting with intent to kill. He was convicted of shooting at his former girlfriend’s new boyfriend, Niemeyer said. An appeal of the conviction and sentence was filed Monday in Lincoln County District Court.

Ann Kelley: 475-4097,