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Prison escapee who walked off job captured

Prison officials say Michael Lee Willis-Rockett was taken into custody Sunday at about 9 a.m. after he was identified at a hotel in High Point.
Prison officials say Michael Lee Willis-Rockett was taken into custody Sunday at about 9 a.m. after he was identified at a hotel in High Point.(WITN)
Published: Aug. 30, 2020 at 7:52 PM EDT
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HIGH POINT, N.C. (AP) - A minimum security inmate who walked away from from a prison job assignment in North Carolina has been captured.

Prison officials say Michael Lee Willis-Rockett was taken into custody Sunday at about 9 a.m. after he was identified at a hotel in High Point.

Officials say he was given away by his tattoos.

Officials say Willis-Rockett, an inmate at Wake Correctional Center, walked away from his job assignment at the Department of Public Safety’s warehouse in Apex, where he loaded trucks.

He has been serving a two-year sentence for identity theft and had been scheduled for release in December. He is now charged with escape.

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