FORT SUPPLY — A man recently sentenced to seven years behind bars escaped Thursday afternoon from the William S. Key Correctional Center in western Oklahoma.
Aaron Morgan, 22, is the third inmate to escape from the prison in less than a week and the eighth so far this year, a prison official said.
Linda Eike, a prison spokeswoman, said guards noticed that Morgan was missing shortly after the 6 p.m. head count. She said prison guards count inmates about every two hours and that Morgan was present for the 3:30 p.m. count.
“We confirmed at 6:50 that he was gone,” she said. “I guess he didn't go to dinner.”
Eike said the escapee was recently sentenced to seven years but likely would've gotten out much sooner with good behavior.
The minimum-security William S. Key Correctional Center, situated roughly 15 miles northwest of Woodward in Fort Supply, is not a place for the state's most dangerous felons.
“We don't have a fence around our facility,” Eike said. “This place is supposed to be their way to go down in security, ... with the next stop community work release and then a halfway house.”
Eike said inmates at the prison “can be for 30 days ... and some can be here seven years.”
Morgan, who turns 23 in about a week, was sentenced to seven years after his probation was revoked. He had pleaded guilty to burglary charges in Hughes County and to receiving stolen property in Cleveland County.
Eike said the man had been at the prison since April.
“Maybe he wanted to leave because he's about to have a birthday,” she said.
Two inmates escaped from the same prison less than a week ago but were recaptured two days later at a motel in Del Rio, Texas.
Damario Love, 26, and Anthony Brinsfield, 31, were reported missing Sunday morning.
Love had been convicted of second-degree robbery in Tulsa County, while Brinsfield was convicted of possession of a firearm during commission of felony and drug charges in Pottawatomie County.
Two other inmates escaped from the prison two weeks ago, but were caught less than a day later, officials said.