Inmate escapes Gaston prison, but doesn’t get far

From staff reportsMay 18, 2013 

A 22-year-old inmate serving time for firearm possession by a felon and burglary convictions escaped from a minimum-security prison in Gaston County on Saturday afternoon, state officials said, but he was found a short time later.

Jacob Hilton had served much of a 3 1/2-year sentence when he escaped, prison officials said, and he was scheduled for release in October.

State officials said he was captured at 4:45 p.m. walking along NC 275 - Dallas Stanley Highway about 4 miles from the Gaston Correctional Center.

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