Okfuskee County Prison Suffers Sixth Escape Since December


Tuesday, January 20th 2015, 10:55 am
By: News On 6


The most recent escapee from the John Lilley Correctional Center in Boley has been recaptured.

Since December 2014, six inmates have escaped from the prison. 

The latest escape was Monday afternoon when Jimmy Fields, 55, was reported missing at the 2:30 p.m. head count. Fields was in prison serving time for convictions out of Oklahoma County.

Fields was recaptured about six miles from the facility. The Okfuskee County Sheriff's Department returned Fields to the prison where he will face additional charges for the escape.

Fields disappearance falls on the heels of an escape Sunday, when a prisoner was reported missing from the Okfuskee County facility. Department of Corrections spokesperson Jerry Massie says that inmate decided two hours after leaving the facility he wanted back in.

Four other people escaped from the same prison during the last week of December 2014. Christopher Rowe fled on December 30, but was recaptured in Tulsa following a police chase on January 7, 2015.

1/8/2015 Related Story: State Prison Escapee Captured In Tulsa After Police Chase

Troy Gage, Eddie Patton, and Carlos Arkeketa all escaped from the Boley prison December 27, 2014. All were located the next day and returned to the prison.

12/28/2014 Related Story: Oklahoma Prison Escapees Captured By Off-Duty Deputy, Report Says

Massie when questioned by News9 reporter Evan Anderson after four escapes from the prison said the John Lilley Correctional Center does not have a secure fence like a medium or maximum facility has and that leaves the opportunity for an easy escape wide open.

1/5/2015 Related Story: Four Inmates Escape Boley Correctional Facility In The Last Week

The Department of Corrections' webpage says the John Lilley Correctional Center is a minimum security facility, housing approximately 820 male offenders, located on a 256 acre site one mile east of Boley. 

It goes on to say the center is an ideal location to house elderly and physically challenged offenders.