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Convicted murderer serving life sentence in Arkansas prison escapes for second time

2019-10-01

A convicted murderer serving a life sentence without the chance of parole in Arkansas has escaped from prison for the second time in the last 10 years.

The Arkansas Department of Corrections said Monday that Calvin Adams was confirmed missing following a search of the East Arkansas Regional Unit in Brickeys.

Prison spokeswoman Dina Tyler told the Daily News in an email that the search is taking place on two fronts.

“First one assumed that he somehow made it past the electric fence and is outside the perimeter,” Tyler wrote in an email Monday. “So we have dogs, horses, vehicles and a helicopter searching. The other front assumed he didn’t get past the fence and has laid down somewhere. The unit and immediate grounds are huge.”

There are about 1,650 inmates at the East Arkansas Regional Unit, which is located about 110 miles east of Little Rock.

Adams had made a brazen escape from a different Arkansas prison in May of 2009 when he and another inmate walked out wearing guard uniforms and drove away in a vehicle that was left for them. The pair was arrested in New York state four days later.

An additional six years were added to his life sentence. After the escape of Adams and Jeffrey Grinder, six guards were fired and the prison stopped the practice of having inmates sew guard uniforms.

The Associated Press reported in 2009 that Adams and Grinder were moved to the Varner Supermax Unit in Lincoln County after they were captured.

Adams, 49, was convicted in 1995 in the kidnapping and murder of 25-year-old Richard Austin. The victim’s wife was wounded and walked more than a mile for help.

Anyone with information about Adams’ whereabouts should contact local law enforcement officials.

With News Wire Services